Who would've thought?
A new study has just revealed the best and the worst countries to live in as a woman and little aul Ireland just made the top ten.
Each year, Nestpick compile a liveability index which focuses on one group in society. Last year, it was millennials. This year: women. The study chose over 100 countries and analysed them based on a variety of factors that affect the everyday lives of women such as the gender pay gap, domestic violence rates, period poverty, education and overall life expectancy.
Taking each of these elements into consideration, it was determined that Norway is, in fact, the best country to live in. Why? Well, it'd because the Norwegians have a high standard of living, a strong legislation on equality and a gender pay gap of just 7.1%...which is still a ridiculous gap but it's considerably smaller compared to the rest of the world.
However, coming in seventh place was our very own isle. Ireland was voted as one of the top ten countries for women to live in. Surprised? Us too but it turns out that Ireland has a gender pay gap of 10.6% which compared to say the UK (17.9%) or Estonia (28.34%) isn't all that bad. We also have an education score of 9.42, 24.45% of our government are women and thanks to Repeal the 8th, women now have the right to safe and legal abortions. Not so surprising after all, huh?
The other countries we share the top ten status with are:
On the other end of the spectrum, the study found that Nigeria is the worst country for women to live in, closely followed by Ethiopia and Pakistan.