Sweden may be a world leader in gender equality…but the country's leaders are lagging behind.
The wage gap in Sweden is greater among politicians than in the general society, an investigation by news agency Siren has revealed. Swedish women working in politics receive lower pay than to their male counterparts compared to women in other fields.
"It's hardly surprising that the two most conservative-valued parties have the largest wage gaps," quipped Lars Gårdfeldt, a priest and LGBT activist who is also a parliament candidate with the Feminist Initiative party (Feministiskt Initiativ, F!).
Another report by Siren this week showed that Swedish politicians earn a great deal more than the average Swede. The largest difference was in Trosa, a small town in Södermanland south of Stockholm, where on average a politician makes 126,000 kronor ($18,800) more annually than the rest of the adult population.
However, the report also reflected that it's the men in particular who are financial high-fliers. Among the list of the 20 best-paid Swedish politicians, only four were women.
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