20% of Norwegian municipalities have never had a female mayor

Party secretary Kjersti Stenseng at a Labor Party meeting in Arendal. Photo: Tor Erik Schrøder / NTB
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A new survey has revealed that 1 in 5 municipalities in Norway has never had a female mayor. 73 municipalities throughout the country have never elected a female mayor.

Female mayor missing in 20% of municipalities

The glass ceiling still persists throughout Norway as a new survey found that a female mayor had never been elected in 73 municipalities. Most of these municipalities that had never elected a female mayor were governed by either the Labour (AP) or Center Party (SP). These parties, however, governed the most number of municipalities in the country.

Kjersti Stenseng, party secretary from AP, spoke of the party’s dissatisfaction with the Kommunal Report findings. Speaking to NTB, she said “Of course, we will not be satisfied until the figure is 50%, and we are doing that job. This shows that purposeful and systematic work is needed.”

The latest municipal elections, in 2019, saw 35% of municipalities elect a female mayor. This percent had more than doubled since the 2003 election where it was only 17%.

Source : © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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