Sweden currently boasts the 9th best women’s soccer team and scored remarkably well on the metrics intended to measure women’s rights within a country. Sweden had the 3rd highest Gender Gap Index ranking and the 5th highest level of female participation in government with 47.3% of their parliament made up of women (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Riksdag_assembly_hall_2006.jpg)

Sweden is currently ranked 9th in the world.  In 2015, they were knocked out in the Round of 16 by Germany.  And this summer they are in a group with the top ranked United States, 34th ranked Thailand and 39th ranked Chile.  Many of the progressive nordic countries have top women’s soccer teams.  In addition to Sweden there is 12th ranked Norway, 17th ranked Denmark, 22nd ranked Iceland and 32nd ranked Finland.  However, Norway and Sweden will be the only Nordic representatives at the World Cup this summer.

Sweden’s men’s team is ranked 14th in the world.  And they ranked a very impressive 3rd for the Gender Gap Index and 5th for female participation in government.  Like France, Sweden is another textbook example of a country poised for Women’s soccer success based on the analysis of this report.  In the other metrics, they ranked 26th for GDP Per Capita, 91st for population, 19th for economic freedom and 12th for average level of education.  It will be interesting to see if Sweden can make a run at this summer’s world cup and help to corroborate the findings of this report.

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