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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?

    Germany
    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?

    Nicaragua
    Nicaragua
    Switzerland
    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?

    Saudi Arabia
    Saudi Arabia
    United States
    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?

    Ireland
    Ireland
    Iraq
    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?

    Finland
    Finland
    Cuba
    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?

    Australia
    Australia
    Algeria
    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?

    Tunisia
    Tunisia
    Canada
    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?

    Iceland
    Iceland
    Mexico
    Mexico
    Correct!
    Wrong!

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

  9. 9. Sudan or Spain?

    Sudan
    Sudan
    Spain
    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?

    Mozambique
    Mozambique
    Netherlands
    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?

    Belgium
    Belgium
    Costa Rica
    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?

    South Africa
    South Africa
    Pakistan
    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?

    The UK
    The UK
    Afghanistan
    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?

    Ethiopia
    Ethiopia
    France
    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?

    Russia
    Russia
    Italy
    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?

    Thailand
    Thailand
    Qatar
    Qatar
    Correct!
    Wrong!

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

  17. 17. Greece or Japan?

    Greece
    Greece
    Japan
    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?

    China
    China
    New Zealand
    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?

    Rwanda
    Rwanda
    Hungary
    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?

    Norway
    Norway
    Namibia
    Namibia
    Correct!
    Wrong!

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

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

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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