Female representation in Parliament reaches 36,5%

Women now occupy 36,5% of the seats in the Icelandic Parliament, up from 31,7% in May 2007. Twenty women were elected to Parliament in May 2007, but female MPs are now 23 out of 63 MPs.The number of women in Althingi, the Icelandic Parliament, dropped in 2003, after a steady increase in women's representation through several elections. The number of women increased between the elections in 2003 and 2007, as male MPs left their parliament seats and women were next in line.

After two male MPs resigned from Parliament earlier this month and two women took their place, the number of female MPs has reached the same number as it was in 1999. Previously, a third woman had entered the Icelandic Parliament after the death of a male MP in the summer of 2007.