A new British study has found that the happiest children in Europe live in the Netherlands and Scandinavia. The study ranked 29 European countries based on the well-being of their young people (those under the age of 20).
The rankings were based on 43 separate criteria, including infant mortality, poverty and housing.
Among the European nations included in the study, Germany ranked eighth, France was 15th, Italy was 19th and Great Britain only finished in 24th.
In addition, the study revealed that Scandinavian kids drink, smoke and have sex less than children in other European countries, and very few Scandinavian kids die as the result of accidents.
Norway ranked first in the study in the areas of housing and neighborhood quality.
The study was conducted by researchers at the University of York in England for the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) primarily using data compiled in 2006.
According to CPAG, Britain’s low ranking in the study despite the region’s status as an economic powerhouse was “particularly influenced by the high number of children living in families where no parent works.”