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Swedish Parliament Has Highest Percentage of Women; US Ranks 43d

The Inter-Parliamentary Union reports today that Sweden tops legislative gender-equity standing at the turn of the century with over 40 percent of its parliamentary seats held by women.

The United States ranked 43d on the list, with women holding only 13.3 percent of seats in the House of Representatives.

Nordic countries took the top spots on the IPU list with women in Sweden holding 42.7 percent of seats. Denmark ranked second with 37.4, followed closely by Finland at 37 percent and Norway with 36.4 percent.

Countries with no women legislators are Djibouti, Jordan, Kuwait, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Tuvalu, the United Arab Emirates, and Vanuatu.

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AP - December 23, 1999

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