Smallest Gender Gap in Sweden

According to a new global ranking, Sweden has gone farthest in eliminating inequality between men and women.

The Gender Gap Index says no country in the world has achieved complete equality in education, health, employment, and politics. But the study, compiled by researchers at Harvard University, the London Business School, and the World Economic Forum, gives Sweden top marks, followed by Nordic neighbors Norway, Finland, and Iceland.

At the report’s presentation in London, Cherie Booth, human rights lawyer and wife of British Prime Minister Tony Blair, said Sweden is the only country to close the overall gender gap by more than 80 percent. Britain is rated ninth in the index, and the United States is in 22nd place among the 115 countries studied.

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