Monday 27 September 2021 12:30 pm

Iceland misses out on electing Europe's first parliament with more women than men

Iceland missed out on becoming the first European nation to elect more women than men to parliament after a recount.

Some 30 of the 63 seats (47.6 per cent) were won by women, a lower proportion than earlier projections.

Women were predicted to win 33 of the 63 seats in the Althingi, meaning they would have made up 52 per cent of the parliament, according to projections based on the final election results.

An additional six women were elected to the parliament, but men still hold a majority of seats.

This would have marked an increase from the 24 female representatives elected in the last election in 2017.

No European nation has breached the 50 per cent threshold but Sweden came closest at 47 per cent, data from the Inter Parliamentary Union showed.

The election saw Iceland’s ruling left-right coalition strengthen its majority, led by Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir.

This was down to a drive in support for the centre-right Progressive Party, while it appeared Jakobsdottir’s party, the Left Green Movement, would lose some seats.

Iceland does not have legal quotas on female representation in parliament but some parties have minimum gender thresholds for candidates.

Just three other countries – Rwanda, Cuba and United Arab Emirates – had more women than men in parliament, according to data organised by the World Bank last year.

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