Iceland (Republic of Iceland) has a Unicameral parliament with the use of voluntary party quotas. 30 of 63 (48%) seats in the Althingi / Parliament are held by women.
At a glance
Structure of Parliament: Unicameral
Are there legislated quotas...
- For the Single/Lower House? No
- For the Sub-National Level? No
Are there voluntary quotas...
- Adopted by political parties? Yes
Is there additional information?...
Last updated: Oct 29, 2021
Voluntary Political Party Quotas*
|Party||Official name||Details, Quota provisions|
|The Social Democratic Alliance||Samfylkingin [S]||At electoral lists, the main rule is to strive towards gender equality. In all elected bodies within the party, each sex should be represented with no less than 40 percent. If, among the candidates, one sex is represented by less than 40 percent, these candidates will be nominated without a vote. (Party statutes 1999, article 2:10.)|
|The Left-Green Movement||Vinstrihreyfingin-grænt framboð [VG]||When candidates are chosen for positions at all levels in the party structure, as well as for electoral lists, gender equality shall be observed. (Party Statutes 1999, article 3.)|
|Progressive Party (Centre Party)||Framsóknarflokkur||When choosing candidates to all levels of the internal party structures and for electoral lists, each sex must be represented with at least 40 percent, unless for obvious and manifest impediments.(Party statutes 2005, article 13:8.)|
|Independence Party||Sjálfstæðisflokksins||"Gender equality is one of the core values of the Independence Party. When elected to boards and appointed to confidential positions of party institutions, whether in committees, councils or boards, equal proportions of the sexes shall always be observed" (Article 2).|
* Only political parties represented in parliament are included. When a country has legislated quotas in place, only political parties that have voluntary quotas that exceed the percentage/number of the national quota legislation are presented in this table.
Iceland has no quotas regulation for the Lower Camera or in the Sub-national level. However, many political parties regulate voluntary quotas:
- Samfylkingin: each sex should be represented by, at least, 40%
- Vinstrihreyfingin-grænt framboð: gender equality has to be ensured when candidates are chosen.
- Framsóknarflokkur: as in the case of Samfylkingin, each sex has to be represented by, at least 40%.
- Kvennalistinn: just composed of women.
Inter-Parliamentary Union, IPU Parline Iceland
- World Economic Forum, 2017, This is why Iceland ranks first for gender equality
- European Parliament, 2011, The policy on gender equality in Iceland
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- Inter-Parliamentary Union. 1997. Democracy Still in the Making: A World Comparative Study. Geneva: Inter-Parliamentary Union.
- Styrkársdóttir, A. 1986. ‘From social movement to political power: the new women’s movement in Iceland’, in D. Dahlerup (ed.) The New Women’s Movement: Feminism and Political Power in Europe and the US, Newbury Park: Sage, pp. 140–57.
- Icelandic Parliament website, http://www.althingi.is/