Men and Women Are Now Payed Equally in Iceland


Starting from the first Monday of 2018 it is illegal to pay men more than women for doing the same job in Iceland. 

The companies and government agencies employing at least 25 people and fail to obtain government certification of their equal-pay policies are facing fines.

This legislation is a mechanism with which companies and organizations evaluate the job done, and obtain a certification confirming that they are paying men and women equally. 

Due to tourism and fisheries Iceland, an island country in the North Atlantic Ocean, has a strong economy. This island is ranked by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as the most gender-equal country. 

Nearly half of Iceland’s parliamentarians are women, and the country has had a female President for 20 of the last 50 years. Women in Iceland managed to raise awareness and the government plans to completely eradicate the wage gap by the end of 2020.

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