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Nordic Countries Score Highest on Gender Gap Index

Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland are the highest ranking countries, in that order, in the 2007 Global Gender Gap Report recently published by the World Economic Forum. These countries have also scored highest in the past few years.

The fifth Nordic country, Denmark, had dropped down two places from 2006 and now ranks No. 8, below New Zealand (5), up by two places, the Philippines (6) and Germany (7).

The US lost six places compared to 2006 and ranks No. 31, while the UK is just below Ireland (9) and Spain (10) at No. 11.

Latvia (13) and Lithuania (14) have demonstrated the most progress within the top 20, up by six and seven places respectively.

The Global Gender Gap Report measures the percentage of the gap between men and women in terms of educational attainment, political empowerment, economic participation and health in 115 countries.

It is the result of collaboration between Ricardo Hausmann, Director of the Centre for International Development at Harvard University, Laura Tyson, Professor of Business Administration and Economics at the University of California, Berkeley, and Saadia Zahidi, Head of the World Economic Forum’s Women Leaders Programme.

Click here to read more about the 2007 Global Gender Gap Report and to watch interviews with the researchers and here to read the report itself.

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