October 28, 2014

Finland places second in gender equality

Finland is the best in class in gender equality when it comes to education.
Finland is the best in class in gender equality when it comes to education.
SEPPO SAMULI / LEHTIKUVA

Finland is one of the most advanced countries in the world when it comes to gender parity, again ranking second in the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report.

This year’s index again ranks 142 countries based on the gap between women and men in health, education, economic and political indicators. It aims to understand whether countries are distributing their resources and opportunities equitably between women and men, irrespective of their overall income levels. 

In terms of educational attainment, measured by literacy rates and enrollment in primary, secondary and tertiary education, Finland topped the class. As regards political empowerment, the country was second overall.

Finland has consistently ranked second or third since the index was first published in 2006, but its overall score has increased in that time, indicating that it is narrowing the gender gap.

Like last year, Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden occupied the top four spots.

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