Portugal – world class for peace and family

Portugal ranked third in Global Peace Index and fifth in UNICEF’s Family Friendly lists

Portugal - world class for peace and family 1The Global Peace Index has published its 2019 results, and after climbing two places, Portugal is officially the third most peaceful country in the world. The first and second places have gone to Iceland and New Zealand. The report assesses one hundred and sixty three independent states and territories, ranking them based on their levels of ‘Societal Safety and Security; the extent of Ongoing Domestic and International Conflict; and thedegree of Militarisation’. Radio station Observador quoted Minister of Internal Administration, Eduardo Cabrita, as saying that the findings of the report ‘are very important, first of all for the Portuguese people, but also for the image of the country’.

At the same time Portugal has been ranked as the fifth most ‘family friendly’ country in the world in a UNICEF study, assessing thirty-one ‘rich countries with available data’. This assesses nations based on factors such as the duration of parental leave at full pay equivalent, and childcare services for children aged between 0-6 years old. The report comes under the auspices of UNICEF’s efforts at shedding light on early childhood environments, which its Executive Director, Henrietta Fore, claims to be ‘critical to children’s brain development – and therefore their futures´. The report concludes with some suggestions on how countries can improve their family-friendly policies, with parental leave, accessible childcare, and extensive data collection and monitoring being an essential part.
Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Estonia and Portugal offer the best family-friendly policies among 31 rich countries with available data, according to a the UNICEF report. Switzerland, Greece, Cyprus, United Kingdom and Ireland rank the lowest.

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