THE WOMEN MAYORS PROJECT
Europe lacks women mayors
By City Mayors Research*
ON THIS PAGE: Introduction | Women mayors in Europe's regions | Women mayors in European countries
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January 2022: There are very few female mayors in cities across Europe. Just under 17 per cent of the continent’s largest cities have women - elected or appointed - as their leaders. In Northern Europe almost one third of mayors are female, while in Southern Europe the percentage of women as leaders of local government is below nine per cent. Norway is the only country in Europe where most of the mayors of larger towns and cities are women. In Italy and Greece, no women have been elected as heads of large cities.
In addition to Norway, individual countries with an above average number of female mayors include Finland, France and Switzerland. While Berlin recently elected a woman as head of its municipal government, in Germany there are only two women in charge of larger cities. European capital cities with female mayors are Berlin, Oslo, Stockholm, Paris, Luxembourg, Amsterdam and Sofia.
The majority 40 out of 71 of female mayors of large European cities belong to parties on the left of the political spectrum. Some 17 are members of centrist parties, while eight mayors are on the nationalist right. Six mayors describe themselves as independent or unaffiliated.
Women mayors in European regions
Women mayors in European countries
(In greater detail: Europe's most powerful female mayors)
* The research for Women Mayors in Europe was carried out by City Mayors during December 2021 , January and February 2022. The analysis comprised 420 cities in 30 countries.
2023 research: German women mayors in 2023
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