The United States ranked in the bottom four of a United Nations report on child well-being. Among 29 countries, America landed second from the bottom in child poverty and held a similarly dismal position when it came to â€śchild life satisfaction.â€ť
Keeping the U.S. company at the bottom of the report, which gauged material well-being, overall health, access to housing and education, were Lithuania, Latvia and Romania, three of the poorest countries in the survey.
UNICEF said in a statement on the survey that child poverty in countries like the U.S. â€śis not inevitable but is policy-susceptibleâ€ť and that there isnâ€™t necessarily a strong relationship between per capita GDP and overall child well-being, explaining: â€śThe Czech Republic is ranked higher than Austria, Slovenia higher than Canada, and Portugal higher than the United States.â€ť
The Netherlands ranked number one on the list, with Norway, Iceland, Finland and Sweden filling out the top five.