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Iceland

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Parliament

Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Steingrímur J. Sigfusson (Male)
Year of birth
1955

Secretary general

Secretary general
Helgi Bernódusson (Male)

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
24
See historical data for this field.
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
38.1% See historical data for this field.

Age

Average age of all members
Not available
See historical data for this field. Compare data of this field.
Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Jóhanna María Sigmundsdóttir (Female)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
69
Oldest member
Sigrún Magnúsdóttir (Female)
Total number of MPs, 45 years of age or younger
Total number of MPs, 46 years of age or older
43
Total per sex
Total of male
37
Total of female
26
Total per age interval
18-20
0
21-30
2
31-40
11
41-45
7
46-50
17
51-60
16
61-70
10
71-80
0
81-90
0
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 2 11 7 17 16 10 0 0 0
Total <= 45: 20 Total >= 46: 43
Male 0 1 5 4 8 12 7 0 0 0 37
Female 0 1 6 3 9 4 3 0 0 0 26
Percentage of members, by age
Age as last election or renewalOverallMaleFemale
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger3.17%1.59%1.59%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger20.63%9.52%11.11%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger31.75%15.87%15.87%

Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Notes
Voluntary political party quotas.
Elections > Election results

Candidates

Total number of candidates Total number of people who registered as candidates for election. Does not include people who stood as candidates to become "substitute members".
1,244
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
555
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
44.61%
Number of candidates, by sex
Number of female candidates Number of female candidates
555
Percentage of women candidates The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women candidates by the total number of candidates.
44.61%

Results

Members elected, by sex
Number of men elected
39
Number of women elected
24
Percentage of women elected The percentage is calculated by dividing the number of women elected in the election and the number of seats at stake at the election.
38.1%
Number of women after election or renewal, by mode of designation
Women Directly Elected
24

New legislature

Total number of men after the election The total number of male parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
39
Total number of women after the election The total number of female parliamentarians in this parliament/chamber following the election or renewal, regardless of their modes of designation.
24
First Speaker of the new legislature
First Speaker of the new legislature First name of the Speaker of the new legislature following the election or renewal.
Steingrímur J. Sigfússon (Male)
Political party
Left - Green Movement (LGM)
Date of election
14.12.2017
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Women’s right to vote
Right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1882
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
Local
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Restricted
Detail of restrictions Suffrage: Restrictions detail
In 1882, the King approved a change in voting qualifications such that widows and other unmarried women who headed farming households, or who in some other way were independent householders were given the right to vote and stand for elections in local ele
Right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1908
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
Local
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Universal
Notes Suffrage: Additional Notes on right of suffrage
In 1908 all women obtained the rights to vote and to run in municipal elections.
Right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1915
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Restricted
Detail of restrictions Suffrage: Restrictions detail
Right to vote was limited to those women who were over 40 and did not owe repayable poor relief.
Notes Suffrage: Additional Notes on right of suffrage
In 1882, the King approved a change in voting qualifications such that widows and other unmarried women who headed farming households, or who in some other way were independent householders were given the right to vote and stand for elections in local elections, provided that they fulfilled all the other legal requirements for this right (property, etc). In 1908 all women obtained the rights to vote and to run in municipal elections. The age limit was to be reduced by 1 year annually.
Right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1920
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Universal
Notes Suffrage: Additional Notes on right of suffrage
Minimum age of 25
Women’s right to stand for election
Right to stand for election Year in which women obtained the right to stand for election
1915
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Stand for Election : Restricted or Universal
Restricted
Detail of restrictions Stand for Election: Restrictions detail
Right to stand for election was limited to those women who were over 40 and did not own any repayable poor relief.
Notes Stand for Election: Additional Notes on right to stand for election
In 1882, the King approved a change in voting qualifications such that widows and other unmarried women who headed farming households, or who in some other way were independent householders were given the right to vote and stand for elections in local elections, provided that they fulfilled all the other legal requirements for this right (property, etc). In 1908 all women obtained the rights to vote and to run in municipal elections. The age limit was to be reduced by 1 year annually.
Right to stand for election Year in which women obtained the right to stand for election
1920
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Stand for Election : Restricted or Universal
Universal
Notes Stand for Election: Additional Notes on right to stand for election
Minimum age of 25
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament
1922

Women Heads of State or Government

Woman Heads of State or Government
Not available
See historical data for this field.