November 20, 2015

Finns among frontrunners in gender equality

Finland has been in the top three every year since the index was first compiled in 2006.
Finland has been in the top three every year since the index was first compiled in 2006.
Jussi Hellsten / Visit Helsinki

The World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index has ranked Finland third in 2015.

The index sought to discover the width of the gender gap in health, education, economic opportunity and political representation on a global scale.

Altogether 145 countries were ranked, charting how evenly they are distributing their resources and the opportunities between women and men, regardless of their overall income levels.

Women in Finland were found to have the best access to basic and higher levels of education in the world, and also topped the list in life expectancy and female-to-male ratio.

Meanwhile, the world’s largest representation of women among professional and technical workers and in ministerial positions is found in Finland.

Finland has been ranked in the top three worldwide every year since the index was first collated in the Global Gender Gap Report in 2006.

Globally, the gap between men and women has closed by four per cent in the past 10 years.

Iceland and Norway were ranked in the top two spots in this year’s index, with the gender gap found to be at its widest in Yemen, Pakistan and Syria.

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