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Iceland named world’s best place to be a woman

Reykjavik, Iceland.
Reykjavik, Iceland. Image by Kyle Taylor / CC BY 2.0

Iceland has come top in a survey of the gender gap for the sixth year in a row. The country’s high proportion of female politicians, level of education for women and proportion of women in employment all contributed to the placing. Childcare is heavily subsidised and Iceland has the longest parental leave entitlement for fathers in the world, encouraging equal parenting. The country still has a pay gap between men and women of 20%, however. In 2015, the centenary of women’s suffrage in Iceland will be celebrated with exhibitions and conferences. Read more: guardian.com