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Finland lags behind in business world equality for women

According to a new international survey, Finnish women are not even close to the top of global rankings for the number of women in top management positions.

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Every fourth boss in senior management is a woman, according to the 2013 Grant Thornton International Business Report. The report illustrates that Finland does not rank anywhere near the top of the list of the countries with more women in leadership roles. In fact, the UN Human Rights Committee has expressed concern about gender inequality in Finnish working life. Although the numbers of women leaders in top management positions varies depending on the study, the glass ceiling phenomenon is real in Finland, which is ranked number 27 in the list.

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