Finland

Parliament

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Matti Vanhanen (Male)
Year of birth
1955
Additional information
Elected on 1 Feb. 2022.
See historical data for this field.

Secretary general

Secretary General
Maija-Leena Paavola (Female)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
1 Jan. 2016 -

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
109
See historical data for this field.
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
91
See historical data for this field.
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
45.5% See historical data for this field.

Age

Average age of all members Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
48.00
See historical data for this field.
Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Iiris Soumela (Female)
Total number of MPs, 45 years of age or younger
90 See historical data for this field.
Total number of MPs, 46 years of age or older
110 See historical data for this field.
Total per sex
Total of male
108 See historical data for this field.
Total of female
92 See historical data for this field.
Total per age interval
18-20
0
21-30
7 See historical data for this field.
31-40
51 See historical data for this field.
41-45
32 See historical data for this field.
46-50
25 See historical data for this field.
51-60
53 See historical data for this field.
61-70
29 See historical data for this field.
71-80
3 See historical data for this field.
81-90
0 See historical data for this field.
91 and over
0
Number of members, by age
Breakdown of members by age and gender
18 - 20 21 - 30 31 - 40 41 - 45 46 - 50 51 - 60 61 - 70 71 - 80 81 - 90 91 and over Totals per gender
Totals per age interval 0 7 51 32 25 53 29 3 0 0
Total <= 45: 90 Total >= 46: 110
Male 0 4 25 11 14 29 22 3 0 0 108
Female 0 3 26 21 11 24 7 0 0 0 92
Percentage of members, by age
Age as last election or renewalOverallMaleFemale
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger3.5%2%1.5%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger29%14.5%14.5%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger45%20%25%

Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Date of independence For countries that become independent after 1940
1917
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament
1907
First woman speaker
Year of first woman speaker Date at which, for the first time in the country's parliamentary history, a woman became Presiding Officer of Parliament or of one of its Houses.
1991

Specialized body - Women's caucus

Network of Finnish Women Members of Parliament
(January 1991)
Formal or informal
Informal
The caucus is open to male MPs
No
The caucus is cross-party
Yes
Notes
The network is coordinated by the Employment and Equality Committee.
There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus
No

Activities

Issues dealt with by the caucus
The network acts to realize equality between men and women, promotes women's rights and introduces a female perspective to legislative work:
- Legislation on ending violence against women, gender-responsive budgeting, equality in the workplace.
- Social security issues (for example, poverty in single parent families), parental leave issues, health care, etc.)
In addition, it organizes seminars and meetings, sends representatives to attend international conferences dealing with equality and women's rights as well as engages in cooperation with female MPs from other countries.

Contact information for the Committee

Address
Mannerheimintie 30
00102 Helsinki
Finland