Nordic nations excel in new equality ranking

womenIceland places top on the new World Economic Forum ranking of nations by gender equality. Former pole sitter, Norway is pushed into third. With Finland in second and Sweden in fourth, it is a strong showing from the Nordic countries.

The list ranks 134 countries and is intended to measure how nations split responsibility and opportunity between the sexes. Iceland’s rise on the list can partly be attributed to education and women’s participation in politics. The most important example being that the ratio of women in parliament has increased from 33 to 43 percent since the last rankings were made.

A statement from the Innovation Centre of Iceland said that Iceland leads the world in women’s participation in politics; but that measured purely on parity of wages between the sexes, Iceland ranks a mere 50th on the list. Iceland is only 46th on the list when it comes to women at the head of large companies, Visir.is reports.

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