Finland is awarding the inaugural International Gender Equality Prize to “a distinguished defender and builder of equality.” It’s the first high-profile prize of its kind in the world.
Miina Sillanpää rose from poverty to become one of the first women in the Finnish Parliament and an influential social advocate who helped the cause of women, the elderly and the disadvantaged. Finnish flags fly on October 1 in memory of her contributions.
Second-least corrupt country
Source: Corruption Perceptions Index
in the world to grant women the right to vote (#1 in Europe)
Source: Inter-Parliamentary Union
The year Finland became independent