November 3, 2017

Finland compares well in terms of equality

Finland remains in the global top three in gender equality.
Finland remains in the global top three in gender equality.
Juho Kuva/Visit Finland

The new Global Gender Gap Report 2017 by the World Economic Forum (WEF) has ranked Finland third in terms of gender parity worldwide.

The Global Gender Gap Report 2017 looked at progress towards gender parity in 144 countries by placing the focus on economic opportunity, education, health and political empowerment, as well as gender gaps across industries and occupations.

Education was once again the empowering factor for Finland’s high standing, with top scores in literacy, and enrolment in primary, secondary and higher education.

Finland also has the largest representation of professional and technical workers in the world, and places in the top 10 in labour force participation (8th) and wage equality (7th), while lagging behind the frontrunners in terms of legislators, senior officials and managers (51st).

Finland also tops the list in female-to-male ratio, but dropped to 57th place in healthy life expectancy. Meanwhile, Finland fares well in political empowerment (5th overall) with comparatively high representation of women in parliament (8th) and in ministerial positions (13th).

Finland has featured in the global top three since the report’s inception in 2006.

Iceland and Norway took the first two spots in this year’s global report, while the gender gap remains the widest in Yemen, Pakistan and Syria.

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