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Sweden most gender equal country in the EU

Sweden has ranked first in a new European gender equality league table, with Denmark and Finland taking the second and third spots.

Sweden most gender equal country in the EU

According to the Gender Equality Index, Sweden is the most advanced country in the European Union when it comes to equality between men and women.

The index measures gender equality on a scale of 1 to 100. While the average score for the 27 EU member states was 54, Sweden got 74.3 points.

Denmark and Finland scored 73.6 and 73.4, respectively.

The index was compiled by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), which reviewed gender equality in six core domains: work, money, knowledge, time, power and health.

Sweden achieved its highest rating (93.1) in the area of health, which focused on differences between men and women in terms of health status and access to health structures.

The EIGE report listed some of Sweden’s initiatives to promote gender equality since 2005, including a plan to promote gender mainstreaming in all government offices.

The plan made each minister responsible for gender equality in his or her policy area, while Sweden’s minister for gender equality is responsible for overarching measures.

IN PICTURES: See what Stockholmers had to say about the study

The report also mentioned Sweden’s Discrimination Act and Action Plan on Gender Equality Policy, both introduced in 2009.

Since 2011, Sweden has also appointed a Domestic Violence Coordinator and a Delegation for Gender Equality in Work.

EIGE developed the index to provide a tool for assessing how far member states are from reaching complete gender equality.

“[The Gender Equality Index] enables each member state to evaluate and compare amongst each other the progress they’ve made in various fields of gender equality, as well as where progress is most needed,” Michael Gustafson of Sweden’s Left Party said in the report.

Gustafson, who is the chair of European Parliament Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality, also said that he hopes the tool will be used extensively in the future as it can help advance gender equality.

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STOCKHOLM

Stockholm Pride is a little different this year: here’s what you need to know 

This week marks the beginning of Pride festivities in the Swedish capital. The tickets sold out immediately, for the partly in-person, partly digital events. 

Pride parade 2019
There won't be a Pride parade like the one in 2019 on the streets of Stockholm this year. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

You might have noticed rainbow flags popping up on major buildings in Stockholm, and on buses and trams. Sweden has more Pride festivals per capita than any other country and is the largest Pride celebration in the Nordic region, but the Stockholm event is by far the biggest.  

The Pride Parade, which usually attracts around 50,000 participants in a normal year, will be broadcast digitally from Södra Teatern on August 7th on Stockholm Pride’s website and social media. The two-hour broadcast will be led by tenor and debater Rickard Söderberg.

The two major venues of the festival are Pride House, located this year at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm at Skanstull in Södermalm, and Pride Stage, which is at Södra Teatern near Slussen.

“We are super happy with the layout and think it feels good for us as an organisation to slowly return to normal. There are so many who have longed for it,” chairperson of Stockholm Pride, Vix Herjeryd, told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Tickets are required for all indoor events at Södra Teatern to limit the number of people indoors according to pandemic restrictions. But the entire stage programme will also be streamed on a big screen open air on Mosebacketerassen, which doesn’t require a ticket.  

You can read more about this year’s Pride programme on the Stockholm Pride website (in Swedish). 

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