What constitutes a balance between work and life? The OECD decided on three key factors to rank the 34 countries: long work hours of over 50 hours per week, time spent on personal care and leisure, and employment rates for women with kids.
At number one is Denmark. They have the lowest child poverty rates of 3.7% compared to the U.S.’s average of 21.6%, but most family support for the U.S. is given via tax breaks.
Norway is number two. Women spend 1,407 hours per year at work while the U.S.’s average is 1,778, equaling out to about seven hours less a week than the U.S. However, the U.S. is leading in female employment rate with children of 73%.
But the downside to the top of the list is there are fewer women in leadership positions and, on average, they make much less than their male counterparts. Because the U.S. has insufficient investments in child welfare and is the only OECD country without a national paid parental leave policy, the U.S. comes in 23rd.