The Countries Where Men Do the Most Housework

Slovenian and Danish men lead the pack; Indian men, not so much.
A man cleans a pool inside the Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin mosque in Putrajaya, Malaysia. (Samsul Said/Reuters)

It may come as no surprise to Indian women, but their menfolk do some of the least housework in the world. At least, that’s what the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found when they looked at gender disparities in various nations.

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India consistently ranks quite low on various measures of gender equality. (The United Nations placed India at 132 out of 148 countries in its recent gender inequality index.) The housework issue is a decidedly less dire example than the country’s increasingly high-profile problem with sexual violence.

But it is another indication of the fact that weak female economic participation is still a drag on India’s economic developmentPerhaps that will change, as the country looks for new drives to counter its declining rates of GDP growthBut don’t hold your breath.


This post originally appeared on Quartz, an Atlantic sister site.

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