According to a report released by the United Nations Children’s Fund the Nordic region fares so well because of their generous public spending on social benefits for families.
Mexico and United States were on the other end of the spectrum, having the worst rates of child poverty. At least one-fifth of U.S. and Mexican children live under the national poverty line, according to the study undertaken by UNICEF’s Innocenti Research Center in Florence, Italy.
Rated the best, in order, were Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden
UNICEF praised the Nordic nations for their commitment to social spending on families, including family allowances, disability and sickness benefits, day care, unemployment insurance and other social assistance.