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Influence and power

05.07.19 | Tölfræði
Achieving gender balance in access to societal power is a cornerstone in the Nordic concept of democracy and gender equality policy. While the Nordic countries are regularly ranked among the world leaders in gender equality, there are still an unequal distribution of men and women holding top-level positions in society even in the Nordic countries.

Candidates elected to the national parliaments

The indicator shows the gender distribution of seats in the national parliaments in the Nordic countries after the latest election in each country. Although the gender distribution is relatively equal, there is a higher share of men than women elected to national parliament in all the Nordic countries. Sweden has the highest proportion of women in parliament with 45%.



Gender balance on boards

The share of women on boards of larger publicly listed companies is higher than the EU average in all Nordic countries. Iceland and Norway have the highest share of women on boards, well-over 40%.

Gender differences among employers

The share of employers is significantly higher among men than among women in the Nordic countries.