Women continue to emerge as business leaders/executives around the world, however, not all countries are as promising as the five listed below. These countries offer women the opportunity to rise to the highest ranks in the business world. Women who are willing to relocate to one of these countries will find amazing opportunities just waiting for the right female candidate to arrive.
Finnish women have been advocating for their rights since the 1800’s. Their efforts rose to fruition when Finland welcomed its first female president, Tarja Halonen, who served for twelve years. Anne Brunila is extremely powerful in the world of finance and research. She serves on the board of a number of top-tier companies and has shared her expertise with students as a professor at the Hanken School of Economics. Health care professionals are in high demand in Finland.
The Netherlands has not only bridged the gender gap, they provide wonderful benefits for new mothers. They provide access to a maternity nurse and generous leave time with most or all of the costs covered by insurance. Tech-savvy types as well as teachers and logistics are in high demand. If marketing or HR are your thing, an understanding of Dutch law is essential.
Norway just seems to get gender equality right. Mothers can get up to 45 weeks off for maternity leave at up to 80% pay and return to a job they love when their leave is done. Women hold the top three spots in Norway’s government. Women to fill top positions in engineering and actuarial work are in high demand in Norway. Pilots are among the highest paid workers in Norway.
According to YouGov, a United Kingdome based research group, Sweden has the most progressive attitude toward gender equality. Parliament seems to be the best bet for women in Sweden as they comprise 45% of the governing body. Corporate leadership lags behind that figure, however Anna Wikland heads up Google Sweden. If you are in to all things tech, Sweden wants you.
Denmark offers a wage based day care system and a very flexible parental leave policy. IT and engineering professionals are in high demand, but be prepared for competition as desirable jobs bring many applicants. Once you land that dream position, you will find that working and living in Denmark provides a great way of life with lots of perks.