ICELAND IS RATED BEST PLACE IN THE WORLD FOR WOMEN TO LIVE FOLLOWED BY (2) NORWAY, (3)FINLAND, AND (4)SWEDEN WHILE YEMEN IS AT ONE OF THE WORST PLACES COMING IN AT 135 ON THE WORST AND BEST PLACES FOR WOMEN TO LIVE
ICELAND RANKS NO. 1
BEST PLACE IN THE WORLD FOR WOMEN TO LIVE
(Iceland is in 1st place for 3rd consecutive year)
“A world where women make up less than 20% of the global decision-makers,” says Klaus Schwab, founder and chairman of the World Economic Forum, “is a world that is missing a huge opportunity for growth and ignoring an untapped reservoir of potential.”
Forbes online website reports, "To determine the best and worst countries for women’s equality, the group considered 14 variables in four categories: women’s access to basic and higher education; women’s health and survival by measures of life expectancy and sex ratio; equality of economic opportunity and participation; and political empowerment."
At the top of the list, Iceland is ranked No. 1 for the third consecutive year. It is the top-ranked nation in women’s educational attainment and political representation. As one of the first countries to give women the right to vote in 1915, Iceland currently has 43% female parliament members and has had a female head of state for 18 of the past 50 years. Current Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir was appointed in 2009. With 81% of women in the workforce, Iceland also features one of the narrowest labor force participation gaps.
Nordic nations consistently rank at the top of the list. Norway (No. 2), Finland (No. 3), Sweden (No. 4) and Denmark (No. 7) have been featured in the top-10 every year since the report’s launch in 2006. All Nordic countries reached near 100% literacy for both sexes, feature near parity in all levels of education and return that investment in the workforce. The nations each have generous paid maternity and paternity leave policies. In Sweden, women are offered 480 days of maternity time. Source: Forbes
The Philippines (No. 8), Lesotho (No. 9) and South Africa (No. 14) beat out the United States
At No. 17, the U.S. continues to improve in the rankings–up from No. 31 in 2009–but hasn’t yet climbed to a top-10 slot. Because GDP is not a factor in the index, countries are ranked based only on the equality of resource distribution rather than the amount of resources. Perhaps surprising to some, the Philippines (No. 8), Lesotho (No. 9) and South Africa (No. 14) beat out the wealthy nation.
The U.S. features low scores in women’s political representation, with just 17% of women in political clout positions and no female heads of state on record, and a continuing wage gap for similar work. The U.S. is ranked No. 68 in pay equality—despite laws in place to enforce equal pay for equal work. Zahidi says the wage disparity creates a significant downward pull on the nation’s standing.
At the bottom of the list, the worst countries for gender quality are Saudi Arabia (No. 131), Mali (No. 132), Pakistan (No. 133), Chad (No. 134) and Yemen (No. 135). These low-scorers have been featured at or near the bottom since the list began. “They are not investing in their women,” says Zahidi, “and there are major barriers to be able to enter leadership and politics.”
Since Iceland makes the Number 1 spot in the world for women to live, I thought I would do some research on Iceland and let readers know a little bit about this country. I knew very little until I undertook this delightful assignment. I've included some photos of the scenery, some geography, a bit on culture and things to do in Iceland. I encourage others to explore for themselves but this will give a brief overview with links to more in depth information.
"Iceland has a population of about 320,000 and a total area of 103,000 km2 (39,769 sq mi). The capital and the largest city is Reykjavík, with the surrounding areas in the southwestern region of the country being home to two-thirds of the country's population. Iceland is volcanically and geologically active. The interior mainly consists of a plateau characterised by sand fields, mountains and glaciers, while manyglacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands. Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate despite a high latitude just outside the Arctic Circle." wikipedia
The Icelandic Horse straight from http://www.iceland.is/the-big-picture/nature-environment/vegitation-wildlife/icelandic-horse/
"The Icelandic horse is a small breed of horse that has evolved in isolation in Iceland. Archaeological finds in Norway, where the Icelandic horse is descended from, have revealed that the Icelandic horse belongs to an ancient race that died out in other parts in Europe but survived in Iceland for 1100 years without crossbreeding. It has gradually developed into several strains. The most important of these are the Svaðastaðir strain and the Hornafjörður strain. Horses from Svaðastaðir are considered to have a more attractive gait and to be more dainty and frisky; while those from Hornafjörður are larger, and have greater endurance and courage.
The Icelandic horse is small, weighing between 330 and 380 kilograms (730 and 840 lb) and standing an average of 132 to 142 cm (52 to 56 inches) high. It has a spirited temperament and a large personality. It comes in a wide variety of colors, and the Icelandic language includes more than 100 names for various colors and color patterns of the Icelandic horse.
The Icelandic, as it is commonly called, is known for its sure-footedness and ability to cross rough terrain. It displays two gaits in addition to the typical walk, trot, and canter/gallop commonly displayed by other breeds. The first additional gait is a four-beat lateral ambling gait known as the tölt. This is known for its explosive acceleration and speed; it is also comfortable and ground-covering. The breed also performs a pace called a skeið, "flying pace". It is used in pacing races, and is fast and smooth, with some horses able to reach up to 50 km/h (30 mph). It is not a gait for long-distance travel.
The Icelandic horse is long-lived and hardy and has become very popular internationally. A sizable population exists in Europe and North America. In their native country they have few diseases; and as a result Icelandic law prevents horses from being imported into the country and exported animals are not allowed to return." Source: http://www.iceland.is/the-big-picture/nature-environment/vegitation-wildlife/icelandic-horse/
"Horses probably came to Scandinavia form Asia, and the horses there are the descendants of the mongolian horse. The icelandic horse is the descendant of the horses that were in Norway in the time of the vikings.
Iceland was settled between 874 AD and 935 AD. The settlers came in open boats and brought their lifestock with them. Before that, Iceland’s biggest mammal was the arctic fox. The settlers vere very often indipendent people that didn’t want to be ruled by the norwegian king, thus moving to this island without any kings. The settlers couldn’t take many animals with them .." READ FULL ARTICLE
Below is a photo inside the Husavik phallus museum of Sigurður Hjartasson, Iceland
LONDON -- In life, Pall Arason was an attention-seeker. In death, the 95-year-old Icelander's pickled penis will be the main attraction at one of the world's most bizarre museums.
Sigurdur Hjartarson, who runs the Phallological Museum in the tiny Icelandic fishing town of Husavik, says Arason's organ will help complete his extensive collection of whale, seal, bear, and other mammalian members.
The museum has been open since 1997 but Hjartarson has long waited for a human specimen to round out his display.
Hjartarson says that Arason, a friend, agreed to help by having his penis donated after his death.
The medical director of Akureyri Hospital said Tuesday that the operation was carried out in January under the supervision of a doctor at a local morgue. Source: Wikipedia
Here's an excerpt of the interview with Saudi Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel in Forbes:
In September of 2011, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah ruled that the nation’s women would be allowed, for the first time, to vote and run in local elections beginning in 2015. However, Saudi women are still denied the basic rights to drive and to leave the country without permission.
In a rare interview with the U.S. media, Saudi Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel sat down with me on Thursday to discuss the status of women in her country. As the wife of Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud, King Abdullah’s nephew and the world’s 26th richest person—the largest individual shareholder of Citigroup—the 28-year-old royal doesn’t just sit on the sidelines. She is the vice chair of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation and an outspoken advocate for Saudi women’s rights. READ MORE
I'm an artist, writer, photographer, private investigator and an activist in small ways.
"Turning indifference into making a difference."
A labor of love website devoted to animal and human rights, and better living. A place to be inspired ...
My LADYBUG book is filled with beautiful images & inspiring quotes. Click here for more info.
I visited the Tiger Temple in Thailand & later found out it is under investigation for tiger trafficking and animal abuse. Read full story. In 2015 it was raided. More than 100 tigers and protected bird species in Wat Pa Luang Ta Bua, popularly known as the Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi province were impounded by authorities following complaints that the temple was alleged to engage in illegal wildlife trading.
"The moment one gives close attention to anything,
even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious,
awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself."
~ Henry Miller
DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS helps people worldwide where the need is greatest, delivering emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters or exclusion from healthcare.
Read about life in the woods with Chippy & the crew...