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Scandinavia has ranked as the best place in the world to [arise / raise] children. The Nordic region [holds / grips] the top three places on the U.S. News & World Report's list of "The Best Countries for Raising Kids" in 2020. The list has been [complied / compiled] annually since 2016 in [collaborator / collaboration] with the University of Pennsylvania. Denmark topped the list, with Sweden a close [cool down / runner-up] , and neighbour Norway [edging / bordering] out Canada for third place. The 2020 listings will come as [little / few] surprise as the three nations also [ranked / linked] highest on the list for 2019. A spokeswoman explained: "These countries [attend / tend] to have generous paternal leave and maternal leave, offer free preschool and have good [overall / overlay] public education systems."

The listing was released as part of the [annually / annual] "Best Countries" list. This survey adopted "a global perceptions-based" [reproach / approach] in examining [data / datum] and attitudes. It used research from the World Bank, as well as the [opines / opinions] of 20,000 people in the [America / Americas] , Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Researchers tested countries against 65 different [mathematics / metrics] , or what the researchers [called / culled] "country attributes". These included income equality, well-developed public education and healthcare [system / systems] , human rights, gender equality, safety, family friendliness and levels of [perception / perceived] happiness. Switzerland once again topped the "Best Countries" list, followed [by / in] Canada and Japan.

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