For the 5th year in a row Iceland has been named as the best country to be a woman, i.e. the country where there is the smallest gender gap.

Women there have the most equal access to education and healthcare according the World Economic Forum.

They are also the most likely to take part in the country’s political and economic life.


It is mainly the Nordic country at the top followed, surprisingly, by the Philippines.

Ireland was next in 6th place well ahead of the UK and all the major countries.

So, there you have it girls. You’re pretty lucky to have been born here.

You would only be treated better in the Nordic countries and the Philippines.

Here’s the Top 10.

Top countries

1. Iceland

2. Finland

3. Norway

4. Sweden

5. Philippines


6. Ireland

7. New Zealand

8. Denmark

9. Switzerland

10. Nicaragua