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Iceland elects Europe’s first woman women majority Parliament

  • Integrity Education, Delhi
  • 27, Sep 2021
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  • Iceland became the first country in Europe to have more women than men in Parliament.
  • Iceland does not have legal quotas on female representation in Parliament
  • Iceland was the first country to elect a woman as President in 1980.
  • Iceland has topped the World Economic Forum’s ranking of most egalitarian countries for the past 12 years.
  • After Iceland, Sweden has most Women in their Parliament (47%) in Europe.

Iceland Parliament

  • Althing, Icelandic Alþingi also spelled Althingi, is unicameral legislature of Iceland.
  • Founded at Thingvellir in southwestern Iceland c. 930, the Althing is one of the oldest national parliaments in the world.

More Women participation in Other Countries
According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, there are five other countries which have Parliaments where women hold at least half the seats: Rwanda (61%), Cuba (53%), Nicaragua (51%) and Mexico and the United Arab Emirates (50%).