Proportions of working age women and men

In all Nordic countries, the proportion of men who work is greater than that of women, but at the same time there are geographical differences.

The map shows that the gender gap is larger in Greenland and in rural areas of Sweden and Finland than in metropolitan regions. It is also possible to see from the map that in Sweden the ratio of men is higher in some municipalities where a large portion of the jobs are in the private sector. This includes, for example, industrial towns such as Gnosjö, Oxelösund and Bengtsfors.

Research shows that the labour market is more sex segregated in rural areas than in urban areas, which leads a larger number of people moving out. One reason for this is that sex segregation limits the breadth of job opportunities for both women and men.


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