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25 best countries for working women

Last updated on: March 27, 2013 09:15 IST

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While the world as a whole is a difficult place for women, especially for those working, there are some countries that offer a good environment.

Let's take a look at 25 top countries for working women.

Source; The Economist

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Image: Andrea Bauer of the German publishing house Droemer-Knaur makes final adjustments on a large bookshelf to present the latest publications at the book fair in Frankfurt, Germany.
Photographs: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
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New Zealand

Total points: 89 points

Global rank: 1

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Image: A woman dives from a platform into a giant air bed at a park in Palmerston North, New Zealand.
Photographs: Marcos Brindicci/Reuters
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Norway

Total points: 87 points

Global rank: 2

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Image: A woman walks near Bryggen (the Wharf) near the marina in downtown Bergen, Norway.
Photographs: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters
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Sweden

Total points: 86 points

Global rank: 3

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Image: People march through downtown Stockholm as part of a campaign to stop maternal mortality on International Women's Day, Sweden.
Photographs: Bob Strong/Reuters
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Canada

Total points: 79 points

Global rank: 4

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Image: A woman carries shopping bags during the Christmas shopping season in Toronto, Canada.
Photographs: Mark Blinch/Reuters
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Australia

Total points: 78 points

Global rank: 5

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Image: A woman enjoys the waves as her friend takes pictures on a cold and rainy Christmas day on Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia.
Photographs: Daniel Munoz/Reuters
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Spain

Total points: 77 points

Global rank: 6

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Image: Models are seen backstage before the start of a fashion show in the Andalusian capital of Seville, Spain.
Photographs: Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters
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Finland

Total points: 76 points

Global rank: 7

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Image: Tourists take part in the reindeer safari at Arctic Circle near Rovaniemi, northern Finland.
Photographs: Kacper Pempel/Reuters
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Portugal

Total points: 75 points

Global rank: 8

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Image: People participate in a parade on a float at the Madeira Island Flowers Festival in Funchal, Portugal.
Photographs: Duarte Sa/Reuters
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Poland

Total points: 74 points

Global rank: 9

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Image: A woman walks in front of St Mary's Basilica in Krakow, Poland.
Photographs: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
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Denmark

Total points: 73 points

Global rank: 10

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Image: A woman touches an ice sculpture of a polar bear in downtown Copenhagen, Denmark.
Photographs: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters
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France

Total points: 71 points

Global rank: 11

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Image: Pack of riders cycles past a woman on a horse during the Tour de France between Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux and Cap d'Agde, France.
Photographs: Stephane Mahe/Reuters
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United States

Total points: 71.6 points

Global rank: 12

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Image: Mariann Lau serves glasses of wine in Las Vegas, United States.
Photographs: David Becker/Reuters
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Belgium

Total points: 71 points

Global rank: 13

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Image: People help each other to cross a square during strong wind in central Brussels, Belgium.
Photographs: Yves Herman/Reuters
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Hungary

Total points: 71 points

Global rank: 14

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Image: An ornithologist holds a Long-eared Owl (Asio Otus) before freeing it in the Great Hungarian Plain at Hortobagy, 200km east of Budapest, Hungary.
Photographs: Laszlo Balogh/Reuters
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Ireland

Total points: 68 points

Global rank: 15

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Image: A sandwich board is seen outside a cafe in Dublin, Ireland.
Photographs: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters
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Slovakia

Total points: 66 points

Global rank: 16

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Image: Girls are hit by water from a bucket thrown by Slovak youths as part of Easter celebrations in Trencianska Tepla, 145km north of Bratislava, Slovakia.
Photographs: Radovan Stoklasa/Reuters
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Israel

Total points: 65 points

Global rank: 17

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Image: A cafe in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Photographs: Sharon Perry/Reuters
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United Kingdom

Total points: 64 points

Global rank: 18

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Image: Debutantes Maria Austin, Amelia Simmons, Sophie Bonello, Zoe Rawson, and Georgina Riddle attend a dress-fitting for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London, United Kingdom.
Photographs: Olivia Harris/Reuters
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Austria

Total points: 59 points

Global rank: 19

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Image: Police are seen as students leave Vienna University through a side entrance in Vienna, Austria.
Photographs: Herwig Prammer/Reuters
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Germany

Total points: 58 points

Global rank: 20

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Image: A woman pulls children on a sledge during a sunny winter weather in Oberstdorf, Germany.
Photographs: Michaela Rehle/Reuters
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Greece

Total points: 57 points

Global rank: 21

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Image: A woman walks inside the Goethe-Institut in Athens, Greece.
Photographs: Yiorgos Karahalis/Reuters
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Italy

Total points: 56 points

Global rank: 22

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Image: A woman looks at a sales window in downtown Milan, Italy.
Photographs: Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters
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The Czech Republic

Total points: 53 points

Global rank: 23

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Image: Participants of the Khamoro World Roma Festival dance through the historical centre of Prague, the Czech Republic.
Photographs: David W Cerny/Reuters
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Switzerland

Total points: 51 points

Global rank: 24

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Image: A woman rides a horse in front of Kloster Einsiedeln abbey in the central Swiss town of Einsiedeln.
Photographs: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters
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Japan

Total points: 36 points

Global rank: 25


Image: A woman works next to a sale sign at a shopping district in Tokyo, Japan.
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