More women in municipal council - but still far from half
Today there are 26 women who have a place in the municipal council, which amounts to 40 per cent of the seats. This is below the national average of 43.3 per cent.
Today's figure admittedly meets the demand of equal representation between the sexes, where the figure should lie between 40 and 60 per cent, according to a common statistical model.. Although the recent trend has been for women to get more places, the curve is beginning to flatten out.
In the '80's the proportion of women rose sharply from year to year, but since 1994 it has remained at more or less the same level in Kristianstad.
– In Kristianstad the municipal council has attained this definition of equality five times in the latest eleven elections. The proportion was highest in 2002 and 2006, when 43.7 of the members were women, says Jonas Olofsson, who works with democracy statistics at SCB.
Of the country's 290 municipalities, 76 are male-dominated, which means that more than 60 per cent of the members are men.And that despite the fact that women have been eligible for a place in the municipal council since the election in 1909.