The index is intended to track gender equality measures in order to shape the development of effective policies.
Finland ranked fourth on a gender equality index among EU countries, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health announced on Monday.
The results of the index are regularly compiled by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE).
The Gender Equality Index (siirryt toiseen palveluun) examines six fundamental domains: work, money, knowledge, time, power and health. It also examined violence against women and intersecting inequalities. In total, the index uses 31 different indicators to measure levels of equality.
Finland’s score in the ranking was above the EU average, but below those of Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands.
The index measures gender equality on a scale of 1 to 100. The overall EU index is currently 68. This figure represents an increase of 0.6 points from the previous index and an increase 5.5 points compared to 2010, according to the ministry.
Finland’s total points reached 75.4, almost seven points above the EU average. Finland’s ranking has increased by 2.3 points since 2010. According to EIGE’s ranking, Finland has a national ranking above the EU average, but improvements in the Nordic country are slower than the EU average.
According to EIGE, the index is intended to track gender equality measures in order to shape the development of effective policies.
Minister for Nordic Cooperation and Equality Thomas Blomqvist (SPP) said this year’s index results are expected.
“The positive side of the results is that we have made progress. But it should go faster. During the mandate of this government, we have implemented many reforms that improve equality and we have set long-term objectives for the future, but it will take time before they show results. . The most important thing is that we don’t back down and continue to work for equality,” Blomqvist said in a ministry statement.
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