With the rise of globalisation and workplace mobility, with employees increasingly moving around the world for jobs, but also of women being increasingly scared to walk home alone or even to a vehicle parked in an underground car park, Nestpick saw a need for research on the best countries for women to live.

In its ‘Women’s Liveability Index 2019’ study, Nestpick analysed 100 countries, giving ratings in a list of factors affecting the everyday lives of women, revealing the 10 best and 10 worst countries in the world for women based on factors in four key areas: infrastructure, inequality, legislation and work.

The infrastructure category includes safety, which is crucial considering the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reports that every day, 137 women are killed by partners or family members worldwide. It is no surprise females are feeling more vulnerable than ever.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reports that every day, 137 women are killed by partners or family members worldwide.

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Estonia was ranked the 10th best country for women to live. Image: @alexiayatco

The chilling numbers are just one fraction of the fight towards gender equality, with the Index highlighting gaps in gender pay gaps, life expectancy, sanitary-product tax rates and human trafficking.

The study also looks at percentages of women working in C-suite and government positions, the number of woman entrepreneurs, the women in STEM score and the Equal Pay Day – the date that marks when women essentially work for free until the end of the year due to the gender wage gap.

Here are the top 10 countries for women to live in, according to the ‘Women's Liveability Index 2019'

  1. Norway
  2. Sweden
  3. Canada
  4. Finland
  5. Iceland
  6. Denmark
  7. Ireland
  8. Slovenia
  9. Austria
  10. Estonia

And here are the 10 worst countries for women to live in, according to the ‘Women's Liveability Index 2019'

  1. Nigeria
  2. Ethiopia
  3. Pakistan
  4. Uganda
  5. Mozambique
  6. Laos
  7. Tanzania
  8. Cameroon
  9. Egypt
  10. Rwanda

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Find out more about the ‘Women’s Liveability Index 2019’.