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Icelandic Women Most Equal and Most Fertile

On average Icelandic women give birth to 2,2 children in a lifetime; it is the highest birth rate in all of Europe.

A close second are Turkey with 2,15 and Ireland with 2,02 per woman; following close behind are the Scandinavian countries with Denmark warming the bench with 1,8 children per woman. It is Germany however where the birth rate is one of the lowest with 1,4 per woman.


Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

In a report from the Icelandic Statistical Bureau, the life expectancy for a child born today is roughly 80 years, approximately twenty more than a child born 80 years ago.

According to the report the most common female and male names in Iceland are Gudrún and Jón (John) with 1 out 30 women and men named so. Following are names such as Anna, Sigurdur, Gudmundur og Sigrídur, reports.

According to a BBC report from 2010 gender equality is the highest in Iceland; however, the salary difference between men and women is still quite high with men making an estimated 50 percent more in a year than a woman. The difference is down from 1999 when men made on average 85 percent more than women. In 2011 an Icelandic man is estimated to make approximately ISK 4,2 million (USD 36.098 or EUR 25.464) a year while a woman will make ISK 2,8 million (USD 24.065 or EUR 16.975).

Traditional gender roles are still prevailing in the Icelandic employment market with almost 50 percent of women employed in education, healthcare or social work against a mere 15 percent of men. Three times as many men are employed in industrial profession.


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