Survey: Israel a Top Place to Raise Families

Israeli kids wearing school bags for first day of school and kindergarten, August 31, 2015. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Israel is one of the best places in the world to raise a family, a new survey shows. The InterNations survey by Expat Insider magazine, which polls immigrants who have chosen to settle in places other than where they were born, ranks Israel as the third best place in the world in which to raise a family, after Finland and the Czech Republic. Listed are the 45 biggest economies in the world, including all of the OECD nations.

Israel gained one slot from 2016, when it ranked fourth. France ranks 11th, Canada 21st, the U.K. 24th, and the U.S. 32nd on the list – one slot behind China, which is 31st.

According to the survey, Israel ranks as among the best places for educational choice (fifth place) and quality of education (sixth place). “Possibly surprising to some, family well-being is another positive in Israel,” according to the survey. “The country is ranked first for children’s health in the Family Well-Being subcategory, with 56 percent of expat parents saying it is very good. Families there are also made to feel welcome — 69 percent consider the attitude towards families with children to be excellent,” it added.