Packing my bags for Iceland. Join me?

No surprise, I suppose, that Iceland tops the Independent’s list of “the best places to be a woman.” It’s a bit cold and dark in the winter though.

An Independent on Sunday investigation to mark International Women’s Day yields a list of best and worst places in the world to be a woman. Iceland aside, there are some surprises that make the list worth reading.

5 thoughts on “Packing my bags for Iceland. Join me?

  1. I think the idea here is that Iceland is best overall and the others are best in some respect or other.

  2. This is the third time in two days that I’ve heard/read someone say, in one way or another, that a single metric (women’s enrolment in University, say) is a poor indicator as to what’s actually great or best. Interesting point, Andreas.

    I’ve had the pleasure of knowing several citizens of Iceland, and whatever its troubles, they all have affirmed at one time or another that it is, indeed, widely supportive of women’s good lives. One (a young single mother) who had moved to the States marveled to me that we seemed to think children were undesirable in the U.S. I remonstrated, oh no, heaven forbid, etc., and she said, “At home [Iceland], I cannot think of a single unwanted child.” That really set me back on my heels.

  3. This made me bang my head on the table though: “16. Best place to be a lady of leisure: Denmark

    Women in Denmark have more time for leisure, spending only 57 more minutes each day on unpaid work than men, the lowest in the OECD. British women spend two hours more per day doing unpaid work than men. Mexican women have it hardest, spending four hours 21 minutes more on unpaid work than men”

    — spending only an HOUR A DAY more than men on unpaid labour is the best women get? Sigh….

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