Women in National parliaments
Situation as of 25 January 2000

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 25 January 2000. 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 MPs40.566
Gender breakdown known for37.612
Percentage of women13,1%

Single House or lower House
Total MPs34.530
Gender breakdown known for31.828
Percentage of women13,5%
Upper House or Senate
Total MPs6.036
Gender breakdown known for5.784
Percentage of women10,7%

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 38,9% --- 38,9%
Europe - OSCE member countries
including Nordic countries
15,4% 9,4% 14,2%
Americas 15,4% 14,8% 15,3%
Asia 15,0% 11,7% 14,6%
Europe - OSCE member countries
Nordic countries not including
13,1% 9,4% 12,3%
Sub-Saharan Africa 11,1% 13,3% 11,3%
Pacific 12,2% 25,4% 14,1%
Arab States 3,6% 2,5% 3,4%

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