Unicef calculates that clumsily
“Germany is sixth in terms of family-friendliness” – this is what it says in a new Unicef ranking, and it is in many media today. Unfortunately, the study by the Children’s Fund is of little or no use. An analysis.
“Germany is one of the most family-friendly countries in the world,” said the radio this morning. “Germany in the Unicef ranking: sixth in terms of family-friendliness”, also announce Tagesschau.de and various other media. The layman is amazed, the expert is amazed. Germany, of all places, with its statistical birth rate of just 1.59 children per woman, should be so family-friendly? Are there no parental demonstrations in Berlin, Leipzig or Witten because of too few childcare places? Aren’t the Hartz IV standard rates set extremely low at, for example, 44.85 euros per month for shoes and clothing for a ten-year-old child?
Anyone who takes the trouble to look for the study in the original will also find out amazing things. Unicef Germany, for example, does not have the study on its website and has no report on it on its German website. When asked, it was said that “for internal reasons” they decided against translating the study or putting it on their own pages. A spokeswoman does not want to say what the reasons are. At least she sends a link to the study entitled “Are the world’s richest countries family friendly?” (In German: “Are the richest countries in the world family-friendly?”).