Equality index in Sweden 2006-2018

This statistic shows the equality index in Sweden from 2006 to 2018. In 2006, the equality-index was measured to 77.8 and it has steadily decreased ever since amounting to 69.7 in 2018.

The index displays the female share of the parents, who were receiving different kinds of parental benefits due to staying at home with their children. An index close to 50 would suggest that women and men obtain parental benefits equally often in order to stay at home with their children. An index lower than 50 would suggest that men get parental benefits and stay at home more often than women.

The Swedish county with the lowest equality index in 2018 was Västerbottens county, with a score of 65.8. On the other hand, the Swedish county with the highest score was Skåne county, with a score of 71.8 in 2018.

Equality index in Sweden from 2006 to 2018

Equality index
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Release date

March 2019



Survey time period

2006 to 2018

Supplementary notes

The source adds the following information:

The TCO Equality Index illustrates how the parental benefit gap is distributed among the genders. Index shows the proportion of parental benefit days taken by women. We have combined the two different types of parental allowance, temporary maternity allowance for sick child care (VAB) and the usual type of parental allowance, which is largely taken out before the child begins to pre-school (parental leave).

The closer the value is to 100, the closer it is that women take out all leave for childcare. An index of 50 shows a completely equal outlet and an index of less than 50 means men take more than women.

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