Record number of women in Parliament

A record number of women will take up seats in the Icelandic parliament following the elections on April 25. Women now hold 27 of the 63 seats in parliament, or 43%. After the last election in 2007, women only accounted for 31% of parliament.Iceland now has the fourth highest percentage in the world of women in national parliament, after Ruanda, Sweden and Cuba. Prior to the recent election, Iceland was in 15th place. Three of the five political parties elected to the Icelandic parliament now have an equal number of female and male parliamentarians.