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25 countries where women get the best deal

October 30, 2013 08:38 IST

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There are some countries where women do not face that many discrimination in their everyday lives, while there are some where they face several hurdles when it comes getting job, promotion or inheritance.

Let's take a look at countries where women get a comparatively fair deal.

Source: World Economic Forum

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Image: An employee paints a cup at a porcelain factory in the town of Dobrush, about 350km southeast of Minsk, Ukraine.
Photographs: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters
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Iceland

Score in 2013: 0.8731

Rank in 2013: 1

Score in 2012: 0.8640

Rank in 2012: 1

Iceland, one of the most advanced countries in the world, treats its women better than any other nation.

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Image: Children skate on the ice of the frozen Tjoernin lake in central Reykjavik, Iceland.
Photographs: Stoyan Nenov/Reuters
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Finland

Score in 2013: 0.8421

Rank in 2013: 2

Score in 2012: 0.8451

Rank in 2012: 2

Finland, one of the richest countries in the world, comes second when it comes to treating women fairly.

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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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Norway

Score in 2013: 0.8417

Rank in 2013: 3

Score in 2012: 0.8403

Rank in 2012: 3

Norway, which has one of the most equitable societies in the world, maintains its last year's rank when it comes to treating women fairly.

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Image: Shoppers walk along Karl Johans Gate, the main shopping street in Oslo, Norway.
Photographs: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters
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Sweden

Score in 2013: 0.8129

Rank in 2013: 4

Score in 2012: 0.8159

Rank in 2012: 4

Sweden, one of the most advanced countries in the world, scores better than many other nations when it comes to treating women fairly.

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Image: Shoppers at a Swedish fashion giant H&M store in Stockholm, Sweden.
Photographs: Jessica Gow/Scanpix/Reuters
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The Philippines

Score in 2013: 0.7832

Rank in 2013: 5

Score in 2012: 0.7757

Rank in 2012: 8

The Philippines, a country where women fare better than men when it comes to job opportunities, jumps three ranks in 2013.

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Image: A dancer performs during the Kalesa Festival in Manila, the Philippines.
Photographs: Darren Whiteside/Reuters

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Ireland

Score in 2013: 0.7823

Rank in 2013: 6

Score in 2012: 0.7839

Rank in 2012: 5

Ireland, which was badly hit by the 2008 global economic crisis, falls one place in 2013.

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Image: A woman cycles past the Coffee To Get Her restaurant near Dublin city centre which becomes a bar and club in the evenings, Ireland.
Photographs: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters
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New Zealand

Score in 2013: 0.7799

Rank in 2013: 7

Score in 2012: 0.7805

Rank in 2012: 6

New Zealand, one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world, falls one place in 2013.

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Image: Women run down Baldwin street in Dunedin, New Zealand. Baldwin street is considered as one of the steepest streets in the world.
Photographs: Marcos Brindicci/Reuters

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Denmark

Score in 2013: 0.7779

Rank in 2013: 8

Score in 2012: 0.7777

Rank in 2012: 7

Denmark, one of the wealthiest countries in the world, comes at eight when it comes to treating its women fairly.

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Image: Prime Minister of Denmark Helle Thorning-Schmidt, left, greets her Finnish counterpart Jyrki Katainen, right, during the informal Lapland meeting in Saariselka, Finland.
Photographs: Sari Gustafsson/Lehtikuva/Reuters
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Switzerland

Score in 2013: 0.7736

Rank in 2013: 9

Score in 2012: 0.7672

Rank in 2012: 10

Switzerland, one of the most advanced countries in the world, jumps one rank in 2013.

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Image: Festival-goers watch the performance of singer Amy Macdonald at the Paleo music festival in Nyon, Switzerland.
Photographs: Valentin Flauraud/Reuters

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Nicaragua

Score in 2013: 0.7715

Rank in 2013: 10

Score in 2012: 0.7697

Rank in 2012: 9

Nicaragua, which is located in Central America, fell one place when it comes to treating its women fairly.

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Image: A reveller takes part in the annual carnival in Managua city, Nicaragua.
Photographs: Oswaldo Rivas/Reuters

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Belgium

Score in 2013: 0.7684

Rank in 2013: 11

Score in 2012: 0.7652

Rank in 2012: 12

Belgium, one of the richest countries in the world, rose one rank in 2013.

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Image: People rest in the Parc du Cinquantenaire of Brussels, Belgium.
Photographs: Sebastien Pirlet/Reuters
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Latvia

Score in 2013: 0.7610

Rank in 2013: 12

Score in 2012: 0.7572

Rank in 2012: 15

Latvia, a country where women face far less restrictions than many other nations, rose three places in 2013.

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Image: Women look at shoes in a shopping centre in Riga, Latvia.
Photographs: Ints Kalnins/Reuters
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The Netherlands

Score in 2013: 0.7608

Rank in 2013: 13

Score in 2012: 0.7659

Rank in 2012: 11

The Netherlands, a country that is famous for having one of the most open societies, fell two places in 2013.

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Image: Two girls ride their bicycles in the Irenestraat in Goirle, the Netherlands.
Photographs: Michael Kooren/Reuters

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Germany

Score in 2013: 0.7583

Rank in 2013: 14

Score in 2012: 0.7629

Rank in 2012: 13

Germany, a country where women are an integral part of the economy, fell one place in 2013.

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Image: Hat designers work in Bennett's studio at Potsdamer Street in Berlin, Germany.
Photographs: Thomas Peter/Reuters
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Cuba

Score in 2013: 0.7540

Rank in 2013: 15

Score in 2012: 0.7417

Rank in 2012: 19

Cuba, a country in the Caribbean, rose four places when it comes to treating its women fairly.

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Image: A woman hails a vintage car used as a taxi in Havana, Cuba.
Photographs: Enrique De La Osa/Reuters

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Lesotho

Score in 2013: 0.7530

Rank in 2013: 16

Score in 2012: 0.7608

Rank in 2012: 14

Lesotho, a country that neighbours South Africa, fell two ranks in 2013.

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Image: Lesotho fell two places.
Photographs: Source, VirtualSteve/Wikipedia Commons

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South Africa

Score in 2013: 0.7510

Rank in 2013: 17

Score in 2012: 0.7496

Rank in 2012: 16

South Africa, one of the fastest growing economies in the world, fell one place when it comes to treating its women fairly.

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Image: Tourists and South Africans enjoy a nice day as they eat lunch at a restaurant in Sandton square in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Photographs: Peter Andrews/Reuters

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United Kingdom

Score in 2013: 0.7440

Rank in 2013: 18

Score in 2012: 0.7433

Rank in 2012: 18

United Kingdom, a country where women have occupied nearly every position of authority, maintains its 2012 rank.

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Image: Lizzie Watts decorates biscuits depicting an athletics track and field at Biscuiteers in London, United Kingdom.
Photographs: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

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Austria

Score in 2013: 0.7437

Rank in 2013: 19

Score in 2012: 0.7391

Rank in 2012: 20

Austria, one of the wealthiest countries in the world, rose one place when it comes to treating its women fairly.

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Image: People enjoy the evening at Donaukanal in the centre of Vienna, Austria.
Photographs: Herwig Prammer/Reuters
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Canada

Score in 2013: 0.7425

Rank in 2013: 20

Score in 2012: 0.7381

Rank in 2012: 21

Canada, one of the most advanced countries in the world, rose one place in 2013.

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Image: People walk near the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City, Canada.
Photographs: Mathieu Belanger/Reuters
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Luxembourg

Score in 2013: 0.7410

Rank in 2013: 21

Score in 2012: 0.7439

Rank in 2012: 17

Luxembourg, one of the richest countries in the world, fell four ranks when it comes to treating its women fairly.

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Image: A woman walks past the logo of Intertrust company in Luxembourg.
Photographs: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

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Burundi

Score in 2013: 0.7397

Rank in 2013: 22

Score in 2012: 0.7338

Rank in 2012: 24

Burundi, a country that is located in East Africa, rose two places in 2013.

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Image: A woman sews clothes on a sewing machine in Gatumba, outside Bujumbura, Burundi.
Photographs: Darrin Zammit Lupi/Reuters

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United States

Score in 2013: 0.7392

Rank in 2013: 23

Score in 2012: 0.7373

Rank in 2012: 22

United States, one of the most developed countries in the world, fell one rank when it comes to treating its women fairly.

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Image: A woman practices walking on a slack-line at Central Park during a warm day in New York City, United States.
Photographs: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

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Australia

Score in 2013: 0.7390

Rank in 2013: 24

Score in 2012: 0.7294

Rank in 2012: 25

Australia, one of the wealthiest countries in the world, rose one place in 2013.

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Image: A race-goer celebrates after jockey Corey Brown rode Shocking to victory in the Melbourne Cup at Flemington racecourse in Melbourne, Australia.
Photographs: Mick Tsikas/Reuters
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Ecuador

Score in 2013: 0.7389

Rank in 2013: 25

Score in 2012: 0.7206

Rank in 2012: 33

Ecuador, a country in South America, rose eight ranks when it comes to treating its women fairly.


Image: People cycle on the tracks of Quito's Old Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Tababela, Ecuador.
Photographs: Guillermo Granja/Reuters

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