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Denmark has more women in parliament than ever before

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Denmark has more women in parliament than ever before
More women were elected to the Danish parliament in 2022 than at any previous election. Photo: Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix

Over 44 percent of Denmark’s elected members of parliament are women, the highest proportion in the country’s history.

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Denmark is approaching equal representation between men and women in parliament with 79 women elected to parliament during Tuesday’s election.

The number corresponds to 44.13 percent of the total 179 seats, news wire Ritzau reports.

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Previously, the highest percentage of women in parliament was 39.1 percent. This occurred at both the 2011 and 2019 elections. As such, Tuesday’s result brings representation for women over 40 percent for the first time.

According to Ritzau’s count, 79 women and 100 men will make up the 179 lawmakers in the newly-elected parliament.

Denmark elected women to parliament for the first time in 1918, when four women – Karen Ankersted, Mathilde Malling Hauschultz (both Conservative party), Helga Larsen (Social Democrats) and Elna Munch (Social Liberals) made history as the first female Danish MPs.

Acting Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen received the most votes of any candidate of all genders running in the 2022 election. Frederiksen was voted for personally by 60,837 people.

A total of 1,014 candidates competed for the 179 seats in parliament. 389 were women.

Ritzau notes that its count does not take into account that some candidates may identify as a different gender than the one on their birth records.

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