In five EU Member States, the majority of scientists and engineers are women, according to Eurostat data published today for 2017.

Lithuania is ranked first, with 57% of the scientists being ladies, with 53% following Bulgaria and Latvia. In Portugal, the share is 51 per cent and in Denmark just over 50 per cent, the BNR reported.

Less than a third of scientists and engineers are women in Hungary and Luxembourg (25%), Finland (29%) and Germany (33%).

In 2017, out of a total of 17.6 million scientists and engineers in the EU, on average 59% were men and 41 were women. In particular, men are more in the production of high and medium tech (83%), while in the services sector the situation is more balanced (55% to 45% for men).

Data from the analysis are published on the occasion of the International Women’s and Girls’ Day of Science, which is celebrated today.