Norway ranked as world’s best country for women

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Published by Oslo Business Region, 31 October 2021

According to third edition of the report on the wellbeing and opportunities of women worldwide, by Women Peace and Security (WPS) Index, Norway secures the top spot of the ranking.

Norway stands out in all indicators, including the share of women who have access to an individual or joint bank account or mobile payment system (100%), absence of legal discrimination against women (96,9%) and women's perception of community safety (89,5%). The country is also high in the rank for the share of women who use a mobile phone (99.5%) and women's share of Parliament seats (45,6%).

The study relies on recognized data sources in 170 countries around the world which provides important insights into patterns and progress on women’s status and empowerment. The index captures and quantifies the three dimensions of women’s inclusion (economic, social, political), justice (formal laws and informal discrimination), and security (at the individual, community, and societal levels) through 11 indicators.

Trends in the WPS Index show that the global advance of women’s status has slowed and disparities have widened across countries. One of the inputs this year it that the COVID pandemic has undermined women’s opportunities for paid employment in much of the world.

WPS Index is organized by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. Read Norway's full performance here.