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The best countries to live in if you’re a woman

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Sweden has returned to the top spot as the best country in the world to live in for women, according to a 2019 ranking from US News & World Report. In 2018, the spot was taken by Denmark — the country is now back down to No. 2.

The media organization surveyed more than 9,000 women as part of its wider Best Countries ranking in order to determine which of 80 countries around the globe are the best for women to live in.

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The full 2019 Best Countries List surveyed 20,000 global citizens to discover how 80 countries are perceived on a global scale for a range of criteria, from economic influence to citizenship and quality of life.

The best countries for women were given a score out of 10 on these five attributes: human rights, gender quality, income equality, progress, and safety.

In honor of Women’s Equality Day, scroll down to see the 21 best countries in the world to live in if you’re a woman, ranked in ascending order.

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