Finland is the best place in the world to be a mum, according to Save the Children's annual State of the World's Mothers report.
The Democratic of the Congo (DRC) ranked in last place out of the 176 countries featured in the Mothers' Index which 'assesses mothers’ well-being using indicators of maternal health, under-five mortality, levels of women’s education, income, and political status.'
While Finnish women or girls have a 1 in 12,200 risk of dying from maternal causes (including childbirth), the mortality rate shoots up to 1 in 30 for females in the DRC.
In what has come as a shock to many in Britain, the UK has dropped to 23rd place on the list, with women facing a higher risk of dying during pregnancy or childbirth, compared to less industrialized nations like Lithuania, Slovakia and Montenegro.
Save the Children's Brendan Cox said the the ranking should remind wealthy countries not to be complacent.
He added: "The situation is, of course, far worse in the poorest countries where many more mothers and babies are lost from what should be simple preventable causes."
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