Quotas and the equality rule

One of the basic objectives of the Equality Act is to ensure that women and men can participate equally in societal planning and decision-making


The proportion of both women and men must be at least 40 per cent in planning and decision-making bodies of central and local government. The quota regulation applies to

  • e.g. government committees, advisory boards and working groups
  • municipal bodies and bodies established for the purpose of inter-municipal cooperation, excluding municipal councils.

The equality rule

The equality rule is applied to

  • executive or administrative bodies of agencies and institutions
  • executive or administrative bodies of companies in which the Government or a municipality is the majority shareholder
  • bodies of indirect public administration, if they exercise public authority. Bodies who exercise public authority are e.g. pension institutions, chambers of commerce, private educational institutions and student unions.

Statements on quotas