Sweden’s Job Market Has the Highest Gender Equality in the OECD

According to a recent study carried out by the publication The Economist, during 2016 the Swedish labor market displayed the highest level of gender equality of all 35 member states of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). As a comparison, Germany ranked 19th in the same study, while the USA ranked 20th and Great Britain 22nd.

The so-called “glass-ceiling index” is the fifth annual study in which The Economist has weighed together the education, work force participation, political representation, parental rights and work place seniority etc. of women in all OECD countries for the purpose of establishing which country’s labor market has the highest level of gender equality. Sweden has, like its fellow Nordic countries Iceland, Norway and Finland ranked high in each of the previous studies. Though Swedish women on average still earn less than their male counterparts this difference is expected to continue to shrink. Swedish women already have a slightly higher rate of work force participation, and in 2015 their average education level was 13.7% higher than that of the average man.