However, Iceland’s new parliament will not have a majority of women, as reported in the initial results of the parliamentary elections, the RUV reports.
After the transfer of votes cast in the parliamentary elections, it is clear that out of 63 seats in the parliament, 30 will be held by women, reports RUV. The National Electoral Commission has not yet published the results on its website.
Preliminary results suggested that women will take 33 seats or 52% of seats in parliament.
According to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, only five countries currently have parliaments in which at least half of the seats are held by women: Rwanda (61%), Cuba (53%), Nicaragua (51%) and Mexico (50%) and the United Arab Emirates (50%). .
Of the European countries, Sweden and Finland have 47% and 46% women in parliament, respectively.
Iceland has long been a pioneer in the field of gender equality and women’s rights, and has ranked first in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) ranking of global gender equality for the past 12 years.
Iceland offers equal parental leave for both men and women, and its first law on equal pay for men and women was passed in 1961.
Iceland was also the first country to elect a woman president in 1980.
Opinion polls before the election showed that the ruling coalition, made up of Prime Minister Katrina Jakobsdotira’s Left and Green Movement, the Conservative Independence Party and the center-right Progress Party, would not win a majority in parliament, but these predictions proved misleading and the coalition succeeded.
All three parties announced before the elections that they were ready to talk about continuing cooperation if they managed to win a majority.
The Independence Party has won 16 seats, the same number as in the previous elections, the Left and Greens have won eight seats, three less than before, and the Progress Party has won 13 seats in parliament, five seats more than before.