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 if they excercise public authority
  • 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.