How gender equal are the Swedish municipal councils?
By Karthik Muthuswamy
Sweden will elect its new representatives on September 11th.
Among the lesser known elected officials are the 12,700 members of the municipal councils - the decision-making body governing each of the 290 municipalities of Sweden.
The Swedish national parliament and the 21 regional councils have all achieved gender parity. But not all municipal councils are equally represented by men and women, according to an analysis on the data from Valmyndigheten.
This analysis reveals the most unequal municipalities and parties in Sweden.
Around three-fourth of the municipalities are
In other words, around one-fourth of the municipalities are
...and no municipality is
Helena Löf, an expert in equality statistics at Statistiska
"Considering the 60–40 principle, Sweden has reached gender parity in
1994 and has since then remained the same. Is the gender parity truly achieved if it has
always been that women is close to 40% and men close to
If we consider the 50% principle, 90% of the municipalities are
Trelleborg is the most unequal municipality represented by nearly 75%
Among the five most
The unequal representation in the municipal councils is due to the differences among
political parties - not all parties are equally represented by
Sverigedemokraterna is the only
Moderaterna and Kristdemokraterna have barely equal
representation with almost 60%
The top three
ExploreHere you can explore the representations in Swedish parties. Click on a group to choose one.
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Method and data
Data can be found here.
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