Norway is second best to gender equality in the world

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For the third year in a row, Norway ranks second in a global ranking of gender equality. Again, Icelanders top the list.

The gender equality barometer, discussed by VG, is done by the World Economic Forum and addresses the equality situation in 153 countries.

Countries receive a total score – between 0 and 1 – of how many points they achieve in four areas: economic participation and opportunities, educational level, health and survival, and political participation.

Equality is measured from an index where 100 per cent is full count. Worldwide, there is 68.6 per cent equality. Norway is at 84.2 per cent, beaten only by Iceland by 88 per cent.

For the first time in three years, equality in the world is moving forward. According to VG, it will take “only” 99.5 years for the world’s women and men to be equal, compared to 108 years in last year’s report. The main reason for the improvement is that there are more women in politics this year. They now make up just over a quarter of the representatives in parliaments around the world and hold 21.2 percent of the Cabinet positions.

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