Fewer women in Iceland's new parliament

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Fewer women in Iceland's new parliament

The Icelandic general elections took place last weekend. The results show that the number of women as members of parliament decreases. The last government had 47,6% women and they will now be 38,1%, of the 63 elected members. The rate has not been this low since 2007.

The rate is very different depending on the parties and the voting districts. The percentage of women is highest within the Progressive Party; 62,5% and the Center Party has the lowest; 14%.

Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson of the Center Party says it would be desirable that there was more gender balance, but it had been harder to get women than men to come forward for candidacy. "We are more than willing to try everything to improve this," Sveinsson says.

Click here to read the full article published by Iceland Monitor on 30 October 2017.