Latvia takes 15th place in EU Gender Equality Index list


On June 13, European Institute for Gender Equality published the new Gender Equality Index in EU Member States; Latvia in the EU list takes 15th place. The index in one indicator combines six main domains (work, money, power, knowledge, time, and health*), in which gender gap may be observed.

The index is calculated basing on the data of 2010. The average Gender Equality Index in EU-27 comprises 54 (out of 100 possible points – where 1 stands for no gender equality and 100 for full gender equality). The leading positions in respect to the gender equality are taken by Sweden (74.3), Denmark (73.6), Finland (73.4) and Netherlands (69.7). Estonia with 50 points takes 14th place, while Latvia and Czech Republic with 44.4 points are sharing 15th/ 16th position, and Lithuania (43.6) holds 18th place. Rumania with 35.3 points is the last one in the list.

Gender Equality Index in EU countries

Latvia has outpaced Lithuania in three of the six gender equality domains – money, time and power; while Lithuania is ahead in work, health and knowledge domains. Moreover, Latvia has left the other neighbour – Estonia – behind in the power domain.

Gender Equality Index in Baltic States by domain

It has been planned to calculate Gender Equality Index once in two years. Calculations mainly are based on the information in databases of the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat). The key sources used to acquire the data are national Labour Force Survey and EU Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) survey.

Such data will allow identifying domains with the greatest gender gaps and requiring policy improvements as well as facilitate estimation of gender equality development trends during a certain time period. Moreover, gender equality in EU Member States now will be internationally comparable, as index is calculated basing on comparable indicators.

The press release published by the European Institute for Gender Equalityis available on


* Explanation of the six Gender Equality Index domains:
work – relates to gender gaps in the position of women and men in the labour market, working time elasticity;
money – examines gaps between the financial resources and economic situation of women and men;
knowledge – examines gaps between women and men in terms of educational attainment, life-long learning opportunities;
time – evaluates economic and social activities; time spent on child care, recreation;
power – focuses on women’s and men’s gap in different levels of representation in the political, social and economic spheres and their share of positions of power;
health – assesses gaps in self-perceived health status, behaviour and health care access.


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Living Standard’s Statistics Section
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