Iceland has become the first country in Europe to have more women than men in parliament. The country’s prime minister was elected, Katr Jn Jakobsdóttir
Of the 63 seats in parliament Althing 52% were won by women, No other European country has had more than 50% female legislators, with Sweden being closer to 47%, according to data compiled by the World Bank.
Five other countries in the world have parliaments where women hold at least half of the seats, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union: Rwanda (61%), Cuba (53%), Nicaragua (51%), and Mexico and the United Arab Emirates (both 50 %).
Unlike some other countries, Iceland has no legal quota for women’s representation in parliament. The Nordic country has long been a pioneer in gender equality and women’s rights and has topped the World Economic Forum rankings for the most equal countries for the past 12 years.
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