Iceland best place in world for working women

Photo: Ásdís Ásgeirsdóttir

Photo: Ásdís Ásgeirsdóttir Ásdís Ásgeirsdóttir

Iceland is the best place to be a working woman, according to a new compilation of official figure put together by the Economist.

The new ranking assesses the lot of working women in OECD countries on the basis of ten different criteria, ranging from child-care costs, to the gender wage gap, to the number of women in parliament.

Iceland scores favourably in almost all categories – falling below the OECD average only as regards paid leave for mothers. Iceland tops the entire table when it comes to the representation of women on the boards of top companies.

Bringing the scores for the individual categories together – and using the Economist’s chosen weighting – Iceland emerges in general as the best OECD for working women, just beating fellow Nordic countries Norway, Sweden and Finland to the top spot of the ‘glass-ceiling index’.

At the bottom of the list come Japan, Turkey and South Korea.

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