A UNICEF report has ranked the inequality among Finland’s children as being the second-lowest of 41 high-income countries.

The 13th annual Fairness for Children: A league table of inequality in child well-being in rich countries study focused on how far children at the bottom are allowed to fall behind their peers across the pillars of income, education, health and life satisfaction.

Alongside having one of the smallest income gaps in the world, the percentage of children living in deprived households in Finland was found to be at the lower end of the scale.

Finland also still enjoys one of the smallest proportions of 15-year-olds falling below proficiency level 2 in reading, maths and science literacy, although this number is increasing.

While inequality in children’s self-reported health symptoms increased almost across the board between 2002 and 2014, those in Finland enjoy a comparatively small gap in self-reported health. Furthermore, the study also found that Finnish youngsters have also effected one of the most significant positive changes to inequality in their physical activity.

Overall, Denmark was deemed to have the lowest inequality among children, with Finland sharing second place with Norway and Switzerland. At the other end of the scale was Israel, ranking the lowest across all domains.

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