March 5, 2016

Finland has world’s highest labour-force participation of women

Around 49 per cent of women in Finland have a tertiary degree.
Around 49 per cent of women in Finland have a tertiary degree.
Riitta Supperi/Keksi/Team Finland

Finland is one of the world’s best countries to be a working woman, according to The Economist’s Glass-Ceiling Index.

The annual survey assesses the levels in which women around the world enjoy equal treatment at work.

Finland was found to have the highest labour-force participation of women globally, along with the largest share of women to have completed higher education compared with men.

The country also ranked second worldwide with its share of women in parliament.

Altogether, the index collated data from higher education, labour-force participation, pay, child-care costs, maternity rights, business-school applications and representation in senior jobs. Each country was ranked via a weighted average of its performance across a total of 10 indicators.

Finland was ranked fourth overall on the index, with Iceland, Norway and Sweden topping the list. At the other end of the rankings were Japan, Turkey and South Korea.

The Glass-Ceiling Index is released each year to mark the United Nations’ International Women’s Day.

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