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Norway crowned the best country in the world for women in work

A new study from SmartSurvey reveals that Norway is the best country in the world to be a woman in work.

Norway, which scored highly right across the board, is the number one country with one of the smallest wage gaps of the countries that the researchers analysed, as well as providing one of the best environments for women looking to start a business, with the process of setting up a new startup taking just four days for women and costing 0.8% of the gross national income per capita.


Norway has the 5th lowest gender wage gap (4.99%), the 10th highest percentage of women in work (46.99%) and the 4th highest number of maternal/parental leave (91 weeks). 


The research analyses countries on: 

  • The gender wage gap
  • Women as % of total workforce
  • Total maternal and parental leave (weeks)
  • Average number of days to start a business as a woman

  • The 10 best countries in the world for women in work 
  1. Norway
  2. Denmark
  3. Finland
  4. New Zealand
  5. Sweden
  6. Portugal
  7. France
  8. Canada
  9. Greece
  10. Slovakia
  • Seven of the top ten countries are in Europe, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Portugal, France, Greece and Slovakia making countries within Europe a great place for women in work.
  • Four of the top five countries for women in work are nordic countries, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden!
  • Three of the worst countries are in South America, Mexico, Columbia and Chilies are the three of the worst places in the world for women in work.
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