Which countries in Europe have the highest proportion of women in parliament?

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Which countries in Europe have the highest proportion of women in parliament?

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Do two of Europe's most recent elections signal a new trend on the continent?

Recent polls in Spain and Finland have seen both countries elect record proportions of women to their respective parliaments.

After a general election in Spain on Sunday, 164 women will now sit alongside 186 men in the country's Congress of Deputies.

This means women now represent 46.8% of those elected to the country's parliament, the highest in Spain's history.

It is the sixth highest in the world and the second biggest proportion in Europe, according to data from the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

But Spain trails Finland — which held elections around two weeks ago — where 47% of MPs are females.

Women hold 22 of the Social Democratic Party's 40 seats, while only three of Finland's green party 20 MPs are male.

Nevertheless, there is not a single European parliament where more than 50% of deputies are women, according to IPU statistics.

Data from the World Bank shows that while the number of women in parliament has risen sharply over the last 30 years, the average of all countries still remains below 24%. In the United States, only 23.5% of elected representatives are women.

Click here to read the full article published by Euronews on 2 may 2019.

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