Government Laws and Regulations
The Norwegian model is in many ways the foundation of Norway’s egalitarian society as it has led to relatively small differences between genders. It has taken several measures to create a better gender balance in the workforce, for example:
- Both women and men alike are entitled to 15 weeks of parental leave each. The remaining 16 weeks is divided between them in whichever way that suits the family’s situation. The system gives families flexibility, but also strengthens women’s career possibilities and increases fathers’ time spent with their children.
- Since 2003 a law has ensured that all public limited companies’ boards should consist of 40% women. Norway is the highest-ranked among the 19 European countries included in the Gender Diversity Index and Norway scores higher than the European average for most indicators. Read the full report on Norway's poisition here.
Norway is committed to equality in all aspects of life, in Norway and internationally. In addition to strong measures in place to ensure equality in the workplace, Norway is internationally recognised as a defender of human rights. Norway promotes and protects LGBTQI+ and minority rights through legislation, political activism, and support for national and international not-for-profit organisations.