What are the best European countries where women want to pursue a career?

On International Women's Day, Northern European countries stand out for women who want to develop their careers.

Inequalities in access to work, career progression and rewards are still a daily reality for women in Europe, but which countries offer better career opportunities for women than others?

A new study published by Claims.co.uk on International Women's Day, based on data from the World Economic Forum (WEF), shows that the Nordic countries, particularly Iceland, have become the main countries promoting the professional advancement of women.

The study uses an index to show which country is most advanced when it comes to women's employment, weighing factors such as women's income, women's representation in parliament and career advancement opportunities.

Based on this survey, Iceland secured the top spot with an impressive score of 86.49 out of 100. Finland is in second place (81.72), closely followed by Norway (68.97).

What is it about in the Scandinavian countries?

Iceland had excellent results, with its 190,000 women earning an average of €40,500 a year, twice as much as Greece.

Iceland's parliament is 47.6% female, and the country has had a female prime minister for more than 25 of the last 50 years. It is also home to the world's first democratically elected president: Vigdís Finnbogadóttir.

Behind Albania, Iceland ranks second in terms of pay equality and third in the promotion of women to leadership positions across Europe.

Finland's parliament also consists of more than 45% women, and in the past five decades the country has witnessed 16 years of female leadership. The average annual income is around €36,500 for women.

The average salary for women is, however, higher in Norway and amounts to 49,500 euros per year. The country also received a high score (5.69 out of 7) for the advancement of women in leadership positions.

Norway has a similar rate of women parliamentarians to Finland and has seen 18 years of female leadership in the last 50 years. Almost three quarters of women are active in the labor market, as the country offers affordable childcare and guarantees labor rights.

“Scandinavian countries are leading the way in advancing women's careers, highlighting a change in workplace culture,” a spokesperson told Claims.co.uk, commenting on the findings. “The next decade is optimistic, with momentum from Scandinavia expected to drive the global transition towards inclusive and diverse workplaces. The study highlights the need for concerted efforts to ensure that women around the world have fair opportunities in the workplace. »

Among the top 10, fourth-ranked Sweden offers women an average salary of €42,300, amid high pay equality in the country. The country has a high rate of female policymakers in parliament, with more than 40% of these women in ministerial positions. Women also score high on equal pay.

Sweden has strict anti-harassment measures and the country has the highest percentage of self-identified feminists in the world at 46%.

Albania, fifth in the ranking, is the first European nation for equal pay despite the lower average income of women of 10,100 euros. The representation of women in the Parliament is more than a third, and almost half of them are in ministerial positions.

The first 10 countries where women work are completed by Switzerland, Lithuania, Ireland, Denmark and Belgium.

Europe's largest economies are in the middle: Germany and the United Kingdom scored just above 50, and France is below. Italy dropped to the bottom half of the table with a score of just 30.66 out of 100.

According to the data, the worst country in terms of women's career advancement is Turkey, followed by Azerbaijan, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine and Greece.

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