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Do You Know Which Countries Have The Most Women In Power?

Does the UK or Afghanistan have more women in parliament?

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For each pair of countries, pick the one you think has a higher percentage of women in parliament.

FYI: These rankings are done by percentages of women in the lower house of parliament or house of representatives, or the country's unicameral legislative or consultative body.

  1. 1. Germany or Senegal?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Germany
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Senegal
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The parliament of Senegal is 42.7% women. Germany's lower house of parliament is 36.5%.

  2. 2. Nicaragua or Switzerland?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Nicaragua
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Switzerland
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Nicaragua's National Assembly is 39.1% women; Switzerland's National Council is 30.5% women.

  3. 3. Saudi Arabia or the US?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Saudi Arabia
    Correct
    Incorrect
    United States
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Saudi Arabia's Consultative Assembly (whose members are appointed by the King) is 19.9% women, while the US's House of Representatives is 19.4% women.

  4. 4. Ireland or Iraq?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Ireland
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Iraq
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Ireland's House of Commons is 16.3% women, and Iraq's Council of Representatives is 26.5% women.

  5. 5. Finland or Cuba?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Finland
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Cuba
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Finland's parliament is 42.5% women, and Cuba's National Assembly of People's Power is 48.9% women.

  6. 6. Australia or Algeria?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Australia
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Algeria
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Australia's House of Representatives is 26.7% women, and Algeria's People's National Assembly is 31.6%.

  7. 7. Tunisia or Canada?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Tunisia
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Canada
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Tunisia's parliament is 31.3% women, and Canada's House of Commons is 25.2% women.

  8. 8. Iceland or Mexico?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Iceland
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Mexico
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Iceland's parliament is 41.3% women, and Mexico's Chamber of Deputies is 38.0%.

  9. 9. Sudan or Spain?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Sudan
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Spain
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Sudan's National Assembly is 24.3% women, and Spain's Congress of Deputies is 41.1% women.

  10. 10. Mozambique or the Netherlands?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Mozambique
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Netherlands
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Mozambique's Assembly of the Republic is 39.6% women, and the Netherlands' House of Representatives is close behind with 37.3%.

  11. 11. Belgium or Costa Rica?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Belgium
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Costa Rica
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Belgium's Chamber of Representatives has a parliament that's 39.3% women, and Costa Rica's Legislative Assembly is close behind with 33.3%.

  12. 12. South Africa or Pakistan?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    South Africa
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Pakistan
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    South Africa's National Assembly has 41.5% women, and Pakistan's National Assembly has 20.7%.

  13. 13. The United Kingdom or Afghanistan?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    The UK
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Afghanistan
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    The UK's House of Commons is 22.8% women, and Afghanistan's House of the People is 27.7%

  14. 14. Ethiopia or France?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Ethiopia
    Correct
    Incorrect
    France
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Ethiopia's House of Peoples' Representatives is 27.8% women, and France's National Assembly is close behind with 26.2%.

  15. 15. Russia or Italy?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Russia
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Italy
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Russia's State Duma is 13.6% women, and Italy's Chamber of Deputies is 31% women.

  16. 16. Thailand or Qatar?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Thailand
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Qatar
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Thailand's National Assembly is 6.1% women, and Qatar's Consultative Assembly is 0% women.

  17. 17. Greece or Japan?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Greece
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Japan
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Greece's Hellenic Parliament is 23.6% women, and Japan's House of Representatives is 9.5% women.

  18. 18. China or New Zealand?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    China
    Correct
    Incorrect
    New Zealand
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    China's National People's Congress is 23.6% women, and New Zealand's House of Representatives is 31.4% women.

  19. 19. Rwanda or Hungary?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Rwanda
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Hungary
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Rwanda's Chamber of Deputies is a whopping 63.8% female – the largest proportion in the world. Hungary's National Assembly, meanwhile, is near the bottom, with 10.1%.

  20. 20. Norway or Namibia?

    Correct
    Incorrect
    Norway
    Correct
    Incorrect
    Namibia
    Correct!
    Wrong!

    Norway's parliament is 39.6% women, and Namibia's National Assembly is 41.3%.

All data is from the Inter-Parliamentary Union, last updated 1 February 2015. See their full ranking, including data from upper legislative houses, here.

 
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