Hopes that Iceland would elect a female-majority parliament were dashed after a recount led the percentage of women to drop from 52% to 47.6%. Before the recount, there were hopes that Iceland would be the first European country to elect a majority of women to its national parliament.
- The World Economic Forum has ranked Iceland as the most gender-equal country in the world for each of the last twelve years.
- Yesterday's election in Iceland saw the governing coalition maintain its majority.
- The current government is composed of the Left-Green Movement party, the conservative Independence Party, and the centrist Progressive Party.
- The Icelandic government is led by Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir. Her Left-Green Movement party lost several seats in the election yesterday.
- Only five countries have national legislatures with a majority of women holding seats:
- Rwanda - 61.3% women.
- Cuba - 53.4%.
- Nicaragua - 50.6%.
- Mexico - 50%.
- UAE - 50%.