Iceland Falls Short of Electing Europe’s First Female-Majority Parliament After Recount

Iceland briefly thought it had elected the first female-majority parliament in Europe, but a recount on Sept. 26 showed that it had fallen short, state broadcaster RUV reported.

The recount showed women won 30 (47.6%) of the 63 seats in parliament. Earlier results had shown that women won 33 seats (52%).

The recount of votes in Northwest Iceland was called because few votes separated the parties competing for the constituency’s equalization seat, according to RUV.

Further recounts in the coming days were not revealed.

Unlike some countries, Iceland does not have legal quotas on female presentation in parliament, but some parties require a minimum number of female candidates.

No country in Europe has reached the 50% threshold, but Sweden came the closest at 47%, according to data from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

The final results of Iceland’s parliamentary election showed that the biggest party is still the Independence Party with a 24.4% of the vote, RUV reported.

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