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Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg stands during a press conference with European Commission President on December 3, 2013 after a working session at the EU Headquarters in Brussels. GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Nordic Paradox

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The pay equity law was passed — perhaps not coincidentally — a year after female candidates won nearly half the seats in Iceland's parliament, which is housed in the Althingishus in Reykjavík. Frank Augstein/AP hide caption

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Saying that not all businesses are following a current equal-pay standard, Iceland's Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson is moving to require companies to prove they pay equal amounts to male and female workers. Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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