Norway ranks as the world's best place to be a mother in the annual scorecard released by Save the Children on Monday.
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Among the Baltic states, Estonia is ranked the highest, 27th, while Lithuania and Poland share 28th and 29th place. Latvia is ranked at 40th place.

Over the past years, Latvia has been falling down the ranking. Since 2008, when Latvia was ranked 24th, it has been moving to a lower spot every year.

In 2014, Latvia was ranked 34th, Estonia - 23rd, while Lithuania and the Czech Republic shared 24th and 25th place.

Save the Children released its 16th annual Mothers' Index, which rates 179 countries based on five indicators related to maternal health, education, income levels and the status of women.

According to data, Somalia is the worst place to be a mother, just below the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic.

Nine of the bottom ten countries are wracked by conflict.

This year, the United States dropped from number 31 on the list to 33, behind Japan, Poland and Croatia.

American women have a one in 1,800 risk of maternal death, the worst level of risk of any developed country in the world, according to the report.

France and Great Britain take the 23rd and 24th spot, below Canada at number 20.

Among the top ten, Australia is the only non-European country, at number nine.

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