After a recount showed that there were in fact more men elected, Iceland was on the verge of making history as having a female-majority government. The initial vote count consisted of 33 seats out of 63 won by female candidates, with centrist parties gaining the upper hand in the country’s parliament in Althing. A recount in northwestern Iceland however changed the outcome, leaving the female cohort at the 30 mark.
This was a tally reached previously during Iceland’s second most recent election back in 2016. This is still the highest percentage for women legislators on Europe, with around 48% of the total. Sweden and Finland have 47 and 46% women representation in parliament respectively. In comparison, Malta has one of the lowest shares of women in national parliament, ranking at just 13% of MPs (as of March 2021). Rwanda leads the world with women making up 61% of its Chamber of Deputies.
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