- 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.
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.| War of Ideas |