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                Top 10 European Countries For Women In Business School

                Gender pay gap and female employment rates shape ranking of best European countries for women

                If you’re a woman considering business school in Europe, you’ll want to consider factors such as women’s access to equal opportunities when deciding where to live, study, and potentially work.

                Europe is one of the better places in the world when it comes to gender equality issues. But even MBA graduates must face unequal opportunities for women.

                A recent study by the Forte Foundation found that while women see a pay rise of about 63% post-MBA, there is still a gender pay gap for many MBA graduates.

                So, taking into account factors like gender pay gap, female employment rate, the number of successful businesswomen, and the percentage of women in government positions in your target country is important.

                These factors and more form the basis of a new study which highlights the best countries to live in as a woman in Europe.

                In the MyVoucherCodes study, the European countries with the lowest gender pay gaps were Norway (25.9%), Slovenia (27.7%), and Sweden (28.8%), while the UK ranked as having the fourth largest gender pay gap at 80%.

                The UK has the highest gender pay gap in the top 30 European Countries for women, and is behind only Bosnia and HerzegovinaMalta, and Turkey in the top 40.

                In terms of female employment in a country, Iceland (72.5%), Switzerland (62.8%), Norway (60.8%), and Sweden (60.8%) come out on top. Germany is home to 12.5% or 32 of the world’s female billionaires.

                Below, we've considered the top 10 countries in the context of your business school application.


                Here’s the top 10 European countries for women in business school:


                10. Slovenia

                Notable business school: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics, IEDC - Bled School of Management

                Gender pay gap: 27.7%

                Female employment rate: 51.4%

                Number of female billionaires: 0

                Weeks paid maternity leave: 15

                Total score: 57.50


                9. Netherlands

                Notable business schools: Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, Nyenrode Business Universiteit, Maastricht School of Management, Tias Business School, Tilburg University

                Gender pay gap: 47.3

                Female employment rate: 57.9

                Number of female billionaires: 1

                Weeks paid maternity leave: 16

                Total score: 57.4


                8. United Kingdom

                Notable business schools: London Business School, University of Oxford: Saïd, University of Cambridge: Judge, Cranfield School of Management

                Gender pay gap: 80%

                Female employment rate: 56.9%

                Number of female billionaires: 2

                Weeks paid maternity leave: 52

                Total score: 58.81


                7. Republic of Ireland

                Notable business school: University College Dublin: Smurfit, Trinity Business School at Trinity College Dublin

                Gender pay gap: 51.8%

                Female employment rate: 52.7%

                Number of female billionaires: 0

                Weeks paid maternity leave: 42

                Total score: 59.36


                6. Finland

                Notable business schools: Aalto University, Hanken School of Economics

                Gender pay gap: 38.2%

                Female employment rate: 54.7

                Number of female billionaires: 1

                Weeks paid maternity leave: 18

                Total score: 59.89


                5. Sweden

                Notable business school: Stockholm School of Economics

                Gender pay gap: 28.8%

                Female employment rate: 60.8%

                Number of female billionaires: 8

                Weeks paid maternity leave: 12

                Total score: 60.87


                4. Iceland

                Notable business school: Reykjavik University School of Business

                Gender pay gap: 40.9%

                Female employment rate: 72.5%

                Number of female billionaires: 0

                Weeks paid maternity leave: 13

                Total score: 61.42


                3. France

                Notable business schools: INSEAD, HEC ParisEDHEC Business School, EMLYON, ESCP Europe, NEOMA

                Gender pay gap: 42.1

                Female employment rate: 50.5

                Number of female billionaires: 4

                Weeks paid maternity leave: 16

                Total score: 61.91


                2. Norway

                Notable business schools: BI Norwegian Business School, NHH Norwegian School of Economics

                Gender pay gap: 25.9%

                Female employment rate: 60.8%

                Number of female billionaires: 3

                Weeks paid maternity leave: 45

                Total score: 63.11


                1. Germany

                Notable business schools: Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Mannheim Business School, ESMT Berlin, WHU: Otto Beisheim School of Management

                Gender pay gap: 45.5%

                Female employment rate: 55.1%

                Number of female billionaires: 32

                Weeks paid maternity leave: 14

                Total score: 68.35