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In stats: How gender equal is Sweden’s new parliament?

Sweden's new parliament is made up of 188 men and 161 women, but some parties are less gender equal than others.

In stats: How gender equal is Sweden's new parliament?
It's an improvement on Sweden's last election. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

All the votes have been counted after Sweden's general election on September 9th, and it is now clear that the new Riksdag will have more women than after the 2014 election, when the number of female members of parliament was only 154 out of the Nordic country's 349 MPs in total.

The centre-left Green Party, a member of the incumbent government coalition, has the worst gender imbalance, with 75 percent of women among its MPs, 12 women and only four men.

“Before the election it was fairly balanced. If we had not lost votes we would have had 16 women and 13 men,” the party's group leader in parliament, Jonas Eriksson, told the TT news agency.

The right-wing Christian Democrats' group of MPs is the second least gender equal, with 73 percent male MPs – or in other words six women holding a total of 22 seats in parliament.

READ ALSO: Has Sweden formed a government yet? All the latest election updates

The figures could still change. Sweden does not allow politicians to serve both in government and parliament at the same time, so if either party becomes part of the future government and wants some of its MPs to become cabinet ministers they will have to be replaced by new representatives.

The average age of Sweden's new parliament is 45 years, with Liberal MPs being on average the oldest (48) and the Sweden Democrats the youngest (42). The latter will also have the youngest MP when parliament opens on September 25th, 22-year-old Ebba Hermansson from Mölndal.

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Swedish political parties call for ban on conversion therapy

Multiple political parties in Sweden's parliament want to ban so-called conversion therapy, which aims to change young LGBT+ individuals’ sexual orientation.

Swedish political parties call for ban on conversion therapy

The Liberals have campaigned for a ban for some time, and a motion has now been submitted to parliament by the Social Democrats. Now, the Moderates and the Centre Party are joining them in calling for conversion therapy to be made illegal, Sweden’s public broadcaster Radio Ekot reports.

“The entire idea is that homosexuality is an illness which can and should be treated. That is, obviously, completely incorrect and a very out-of-place view in a modern society,” Centre’s spokesperson on legal issues, Johan Hedin, told the radio.

Conversion therapy consists of subjecting LGBT+ individuals to pressure or force to hide their sexuality or gender identity. According to MUCF, the Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society, it occurs “to a not insignificant extent” in Sweden.

“We think there should be a ban. Sweden should be a tolerant country, where nonsense like this quite simply shouldn’t be allowed to happen,” Johan Forssell, the Moderate’s legal spokesperson told Radio Ekot.

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