Iceland’s parliamentary elections have resulted in a European first: for the first time more women than men have been elected to parliament, the so-called Althingi. The final result was announced on Sunday, Reuters news agency reported. The current coalition of Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir’s Left-Green Movement, the conservative Independence Party and the centrist-agricultural Progressive Party, won 37 seats and is likely to continue working together to govern.
33 female politicians have won a seat. In the last election, there were 24. Iceland has been known for years as a country where gender equality has gone far, according to an annual report by the World Economic Forum. Several parties adhere to a rule of thumb to put a minimum number of women on the electoral list, although there is no specific law for this. Incidentally, in some other countries outside Europe, women are more often in the majority in parliament: in Cuba it is now 53 percent and in Rwanda 61 percent.
Of the three coalition partners, the right-wing parties did the best business. Prime Minister Jakobsdóttir’s progressive green movement lost three seats and is behind the two allies with 12.6 percent of the vote. It remains to be decided whether Jakobsdóttir will keep its position, which according to the national broadcaster RÚV is “not immediately likely”.