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Inequality thrives in Stockholm's embassy world
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Inequality thrives in Stockholm's embassy world

Published: 18 Jun 2008 16:00 GMT+02:00
Updated: 18 Jun 2008 16:00 GMT+02:00

Only 13 of the 103 diplomatic missions in the city have more female diplomats than male diplomats, while 27 percent of the 689 diplomats in Sweden are female. This compares to 23 percent in Germany, which was revealed in a similar analysis last week.

Australia is the largest of the 10 embassies with an equal number of men and women - it has four of each. Among embassies with five or more staff, the highest proportion of female diplomats can be found in the Kenyan, Latvian and Filippino missions, with 86 percent, 71 percent and 70 percent respectively.

Bolivia, with its two female diplomats, and Uruguay with its sole female official, are the only all-female embassies in Sweden.

Of the four embassies in Stockholm with more than 20 diplomats, only Germany has anything approaching gender equality in its ranks. Nine of its 21 diplomatic staff are women. By comparison, 32 percent of the US embassy's 25 diplomats are women.

The Chinese embassy is home to the largest group of female diplomats in Stockholm. Twelve of its 33 officials are female.

Russia boasts by far the biggest diplomatic staff in Sweden, with 40 officials. All of them are men.

But it is by no means the only mission not to be following the 'When in Stockholm...' approach to recruitment. Some 26 embassies, including both Koreas, Libya, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Netherlands, Denmark, Spain and Ireland, employ no female diplomats.

Order Country %
Women
%
Men
Women Men Total Amb.
1Albania50%50%112M
2Algeria20%80%145M
3Angola45%55%5611M
4Argentina25%75%134M
5Australia50%50%448M
6Austria14%86%167M
7Azerbaijan33%67%123M
8Bangladesh50%50%112M
9Belarus40%60%235M
10Belgium17%83%156M
11Bolivia100%0%202F
12Bosnia Herzegovina67%33%213M
13Botswana60%40%325F
14Brazil22%78%279M
15Bulgaria40%60%235M
16Canada29%71%51217F
17Chile0%100%055M
18China36%64%122133M
19Colombia33%67%123M
20The Congo0%100%022M
21DR Congo0%100%022M
22Croatia20%80%145M
23Cuba50%50%224M
24Cyprus33%67%123M
25Czech Republic11%89%189M
26Denmark0%100%066M
27Dominican Republic67%33%213F
28Ecuador0%100%022M
29Egypt17%83%156M
30El Salvador33%67%123M
31Eritrea0%100%044M
32Estonia33%67%246M
33Ethiopia43%57%347M
34Finland44%56%459M
35France6%94%11516M
36Georgia25%75%134M
37Germany43%57%91221M
38Greece40%60%4610M
39Guatemala0%100%022M
40Holy See0%100%022M
41Honduras67%33%213F
42Hungary0%100%066M
43Iceland50%50%112M
44India 13%88%178F
45Indonesia40%60%235F
46Iran14%86%21214M
47Iraq10%90%1910M
48Ireland0%100%022M
49Israel11%89%189M
50Italy40%60%4610F
51Japan23%77%31013M
52Kenya86%14%617F
53North Korea0%100%088M
54Sotuh Korea0%100%066M
55Kuwait0%100%066M
56Laos0%100%022M
57Latvia71%29%527F
58Lebanon50%50%112M
59Libya0%100%077M
60Lithuania17%83%156M
61Macedonia25%75%134M
62Malaysia25%75%134M
63Mexico23%77%31013F
64Moldova67%33%213F
65Morocco38%63%358F
66Mozambique33%67%123M
67Namibia75%25%314F
68Netherlands0%100%055M
69Nigeria0%100%055M
70Norway17%83%156M
71Pakistan0%100%044M
72Panama50%50%112M
73Peru0%100%033M
74Philippines70%30%7310F
75Poland38%63%61016M
76Portugal0%100%044M
77Romania38%63%358F
78Russia0%100%04040M
79Rwanda50%50%112F
80Saudi Arabia0%100%066M
81Senegal40%60%235M
82Serbia25%75%134M
83Slovakia25%75%134M
84Slovenia25%75%134M
85South Africa57%43%437M
86Spain0%100%077M
87Sri Lanka20%80%145M
88The Sudan0%100%055M
89Switzerland20%80%145M
90Syria0%100%044M
91Tanzania40%60%235M
92Thailand29%71%257M
93Tunisia50%50%224F
94Turkey27%73%41115M
95Ukraine38%63%358M
96United Arab Emirates0%100%022M
97United Kingdom18%82%2911M
98USA32%68%81725M
99Uruguay100%0%101F
100Venezuela50%50%112M
101Vietnam14%86%167M
102Zambia40%60%235F
103Zimbabwe60%40%325F
Total29%71%185506691

Amb. = Gender of embassy's ambassador

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An earlier version of this article contained some inaccurate figures. They have been corrected. Apologies for any confusion.

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