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Report finds Swiss children materially well off

The material conditions of Swiss children are good, with only 9.3 per cent living in relative poverty, an OECD report on the well-being of children has found.

This content was published on September 1, 2009 - 14:49

But the report carried out by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development found there were other areas in need of policy attention to improve the lives of Swiss children, including better child exercise and vaccination rates.

Amongst 30 OECD countries, Switzerland came out worst as far as recommended physical activity rates for 11 to 15 years olds are concerned. The results are especially poor for girls.

Comparatively low rates of measles vaccinations for children under two, and only around average scores on other health and safety measures are additional reasons why Switzerland ranked relatively poorly on health and safety, coming 21st.

However, risk taking among Swiss youth is low, with both smoking and drunkenness below the OECD average. Birth rates amongst teenage girls are third lowest in the OECD behind only Korea and Japan.

The OECD report - Doing Better for Children - compared indicators for children in OECD countries across six areas: material well-being, housing and environment, education, health, risk behaviours, and quality of school life.

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