Women in National parliaments
Situation as of 15 March 1999

Comparative data by country The data in the tables below has been compiled by the Inter-Parliamentary Union on the basis of information provided by National Parliaments by 15 March 1999. Comparative data on the percentage of women in each National Parliament as well as data concerning the two regional parliamentary assemblies elected by direct suffrage can be found on separate pages. You can use the PARLINE database to view detailed results of parliamentary elections by country. Regional parliamentary assemblies
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World average
Both Houses combined
Total MPs41.298
Gender breakdown known for39.542
Percentage of women12,7%

Single House or lower House
Total MPs34.887
Gender breakdown known for33.370
Percentage of women13,1%
Upper House or Senate
Total MPs6.411
Gender breakdown known for6.172
Percentage of women10,5%

Regional averages
Regions are classified by descending order of the percentage of women in the lower or single House
Single House
or lower House
Upper House
or Senate
Both Houses
Nordic countries 37,6% --- 37,6%
Europe - OSCE member countries
including Nordic countries
14,9% 9,9% 13,8%
Americas 15,3% 13,9% 15,1%
Asia 14,1% 10,8% 13,8%
Europe - OSCE member countries
Nordic countries not including
12,7% 9,9% 12,0%
Sub-Saharan Africa 11,2% 12,6% 11,3%
Pacific 11,5% 23,4% 13,3%
Arab States 3,6% 2,5% 3,4%

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