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Survey reveals gender divide in household chores

Published 28 November 2023
- By Editorial Staff

Women do the majority of household chores in Iceland, according to a new survey. Men are more likely to do home and car repairs, while women clean, do laundry and shop for groceries.

In a new survey conducted by Gallup, Icelandic women and men in heterosexual relationships were asked how they share household chores within the relationship. 67 percent of women responded that they do most of the housework, while twelve percent of men responded that they take on most of the responsibility, the state broadcaster RUV reported.

Some 61 percent of men believe that the responsibility for childcare at home is shared equally, while only 40 percent of women agree. At the same time, 60 percent of women believe that they take more responsibility for raising children, and only six percent of men believe that they do.

The survey also shows that many tasks are divided between the sexes. Men are more likely to take out the trash, do home repairs, drive the car to the garage, and mow the lawn, while women are more likely to do the laundry, clean the bathroom, and shop for groceries.

Even the so-called “third shift,” planning and keeping track of daily household activities, is more likely to be done by women. Six percent of men think they are mostly responsible for this, while 76 percent of women think they are.

Dishwashing was the task most evenly divided between the sexes.


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