Country Digest

Female MPs by country – Europe

Women are more than half of the population of Europe, but only just over a quarter of Europe’s MPs are women.

This map shows which countries in Europe have the highest proportion of female MPs – and which countries have the lowest proportion.

Sweden (43.6%), Finland (41.5%) and Iceland (41.3%) are countries in Europe with the most female MPs per head. Georgia (11.3%), Armenia (10.7%) and Hungary (10.1%) are the three European countries with the fewest female MPs.

Across Europe, the average number of female MPs is 26%.

List of percentage of female MPs by country in Europe

 

Country Election Number of MPs Number of women Percentage
Sweden 14.09.2014 349 152 43.6%
Finland 19.04.2015 200 83 41.5%
Iceland 27.04.2013 63 26 41.3%
Spain 20.12.2015 350 140 40.0%
Norway 09.09.2013 169 67 39.6%
Andorra 01.03.2015 28 11 39.3%
Belgium 25.05.2014 150 59 39.3%
Denmark 18.06.2015 179 67 37.4%
Netherlands 12.09.2012 150 56 37.3%
Slovenia 13.07.2014 90 33 36.7%
Germany 22.09.2013 631 230 36.5%
Portugal 04.10.2015 230 80 34.8%
Serbia 24.04.2016 250 85 34.0%
Macedonia (FYR) 27.04.2014 123 41 33.3%
Kosovo 08.06.2014 120 39 32.5%
Switzerland 18.10.2015 200 64 32.0%
Italy 24.02.2013 630 195 31.0%
Austria 29.09.2013 183 56 30.6%
United Kingdom 07.05.2015 650 191 29.4%
Luxembourg 20.10.2013 60 17 28.3%
Poland 25.10.2015 460 126 27.4%
Belarus 23.09.2012 110 30 27.3%
France 10.06.2012 577 151 26.2%
Estonia 01.03.2015 101 24 23.8%
Lithuania 14.10.2012 141 33 23.4%
Ireland 26.02.2016 158 35 22.2%
Moldova 30.11.2014 101 22 21.8%
Bosnia & Herzegovina 12.10.2014 42 9 21.4%
Monaco 10.02.2013 24 5 20.8%
Albania 23.06.2013 140 29 20.7%
Bulgaria 05.10.2014 240 49 20.4%
Czech Republic 25.10.2013 200 40 20.0%
Liechtenstein 03.02.2013 25 5 20.0%
Slovakia 05.03.2016 150 30 20.0%
Greece 20.09.2015 300 59 19.7%
Cyprus 22.05.2016 56 11 19.6%
Latvia 04.10.2014 100 18 18.0%
Montenegro 14.10.2012 81 14 17.3%
Azerbaijan 01.11.2015 124 21 16.9%
San Marino 11.11.2012 60 10 16.7%
Croatia 08.11.2015 151 23 15.2%
Turkey 01.11.2015 550 82 14.9%
Romania 09.12.2012 401 55 13.7%
Russian Federation 04.12.2011 450 61 13.6%
Malta 09.03.2013 70 9 12.9%
Ukraine 26.10.2014 416 50 12.0%
Georgia 01.10.2012 150 17 11.3%
Armenia 06.05.2012 131 14 10.7%
Hungary 06.04.2014 198 20 10.1%

Sources: the Inter-Parliamentary Union provided data on every country except Kosovo. Data on Kosovo was provided by the by the National Democratic Institute. Data is correct as of 1 July 2016.

The table lists the number of female MPs in the parliament of each country in Europe. Where a country’s parliament has two houses (for example, the House of Commons and House of Lords in the UK), only data for the lower house is included.

Facts about female MPs in Europe

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