- By Christine Y. ChenChristine Y. Chen is a senior editor at Foreign Policy.
UNICEF released a report today on the well-being of children in the world’s wealthiest countries. According to the results, kids in the Netherlands top the list, followed by those from Sweden, Denmark, and Finland. As noted in this morning’s Brief, the worst off are those from Britain (and the U.S.), behind children from Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. Taking a look at the the 21 member countries of the OECD, the survey looks at six dimensions: material well-being, health and safety, education, peer and family relationships, behaviors and risks, and young people’s own subjective sense of well-being. By those dimensions, pretty much all OECD children are doing OK, compared to those from developing countries. You gotta have food on the table in the first place, if you’re going to sit down for a meal with your family.