Finland has been placed in the third place in the first gender equality index provided by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) just after Sweden and Denmark. The index shows differences in outcomes between women and men at the individual level in European Union countries.
Finland received a total score of 73.4 out of 100 which is much higher than the EU average of 54 points. Sweden scored 74.3 points and Denmark 73.6 points.
EIGE index scores countries based on gender equality in the areas of work, money, knowledge, time, power and health. Finland does especially well in work participation (82), knowledge (67), financial resources and economic situation (78), and power (68.8).
— Although gender equality values have been recognised since its earliest days, the European Union is only halfway towards a gender-equal society, with an average EU score of 54, comments Virginija Langbakk, the Director of EIGE.
According to institute, the lowest level of gender equality in Europe is in decision-making, with an average score of only 38 at European Union level. EIGE also notes that the greatest distance from gender equality is apparent in boards of the largest quoted companies, with an average score of only 23 in Europe.
Story courtesy Good News Finland / Finnfacts.