In Icelands parliamentary elections, no majority of women were elected to parliament. Earlier in the day it was celebrated that Iceland was the first European country in which women are the majority, but a recount in the west of the country put a mark through the first.
After Saturdays elections this afternoon, it seemed that women would be assigned 33 out of 63 seats in the Icelandic Parliament, the Althing. That was 24 more seats in the last election. After the recount, 30 women were elected to parliament.
The coalition, a combination of left-wing and right-wing parties, received a majority of 37 seats. In all likelihood, the current government, led by Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdottir, continues.
Iceland is known as the country with the best gender equality in the world. For twelve years, the country has been at the top of the World Economic Forum annual report. In Iceland, there is a womens quota for corporate governance positions, but parliament does not have a law to do so. However, some parties have a minimum number of female candidates on their electoral list.
Rwanda global frontrunner
Outside Europe, there are several countries where more women than men occupy parliamentary seats. Rwanda was the first country in the world, in 2008, where women formed a majority. Besides Rwanda (61.3 percent), Cuba (53.4 percent) and Nicaragua (50.6 percent) currently have a small majority of women in parliament.
In Europe, Sweden and Finland have so far been front-runner in the number of women in parliament, with 47 and 46 percent respectively.