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Countries where political representation of women is highest

  • Countries where political representation of women is highest
    1/ Johann Schiff // Wikicommons

    Countries where political representation of women is highest

    1992 was declared "The Year of the Woman" after an unprecedented number of women candidates were listed on ballots in major federal races. 24 women were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Senate tripled the number of women in its chamber. 2018 is shaping up to be another record-breaking year for political representation. More women than ever are running for office, with a record-smashing 256 winning their primaries. The question of whether these women will win their races will only be answered on Election Day this November.

    If they do, it would mark a meaningful improvement to women’s political representation in the United States. The World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report uses global data to create indices that measure gender equality around the world. Stacker examined the political empowerment index, which compares countries based on the ratio of women to men in their national governments, to rank the top 50 countries where political representation of women is highest.

    Unfortunately, the U.S. does not appear on this list. According to the index, which weighs the ratios of women to men in parliament (31%) and ministerial positions (24.7%) alongside the ratios of how long there’s been a female head of state compared to a male head of state in the last 50 years (44.3%), the United States is ranked #96.

    Read on to discover the countries with the best gender equality in politics. 

    ALSO: Countries where political representation of women is lowest

  • #50. Ethiopia
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    #50. Ethiopia

    Political empowerment index score: 0.223

    Women in parliament: 38.8% (Rank: #17; Female/male ratio: 0.63)

    Women in ministerial positions: 10% (Rank: #109; Female/male ratio: 0.11)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 0 (Rank: #69; Female/male ratio: 0)

    Overall gender gap rank: #115 (Score: 0.656)

  • #49. Poland
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    #49. Poland

    Political empowerment index score: 0.23

    Women in parliament: 28% (Rank: #47; Female/male ratio: 0.39)

    Women in ministerial positions: 22.7% (Rank: #53; Female/male ratio: 0.29)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 3.8 (Rank: #31; Female/male ratio: 0.08)

    Overall gender gap rank: #39 (Score: 0.728)

  • #48. Australia
    4/ JJ Harrison // Wikicommons

    #48. Australia

    Political empowerment index score: 0.232

    Women in parliament: 28.7% (Rank: #45; Female/male ratio: 0.4)

    Women in ministerial positions: 24.1% (Rank: #43; Female/male ratio: 0.32)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 3 (Rank: #35; Female/male ratio: 0.06)

    Overall gender gap rank: #35 (Score: 0.731)

  • #47. Israel
    5/ Yochi Rappaport // Wikicommons

    #47. Israel

    Political empowerment index score: 0.232

    Women in parliament: 27.5% (Rank: #51; Female/male ratio: 0.38)

    Women in ministerial positions: 19% (Rank: #73; Female/male ratio: 0.24)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 5.7 (Rank: #22; Female/male ratio: 0.13)

    Overall gender gap rank: #44 (Score: 0.721)

  • #46. Italy
    6/ Italian G7 Presidency 2017 // Wikicommons

    #46. Italy

    Political empowerment index score: 0.234

    Women in parliament: 31% (Rank: #41; Female/male ratio: 0.45)

    Women in ministerial positions: 27.8% (Rank: #29; Female/male ratio: 0.38)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 0 (Rank: #69; Female/male ratio: 0)

    Overall gender gap rank: #82 (Score: 0.692)

  • #45. Liberia
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    #45. Liberia

    Political empowerment index score: 0.236

    Women in parliament: 12.3% (Rank: #115; Female/male ratio: 0.14)

    Women in ministerial positions: 15.8% (Rank: #88; Female/male ratio: 0.19)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 12.4 (Rank: #9; Female/male ratio: 0.33)

    Overall gender gap rank: #107 (Score: 0.669)

  • #44. Tanzania
    8/ USAID Africa Bureau // Wikicommons

    #44. Tanzania

    Political empowerment index score: 0.239

    Women in parliament: 36.4% (Rank: #24; Female/male ratio: 0.57)

    Women in ministerial positions: 20% (Rank: #68; Female/male ratio: 0.25)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 0 (Rank: #69; Female/male ratio: 0)

    Overall gender gap rank: #68 (Score: 0.7)

  • #43. Portugal
    9/ Andrés Monroy-Hernández // Wikicommons

    #43. Portugal

    Political empowerment index score: 0.24

    Women in parliament: 34.8% (Rank: #28; Female/male ratio: 0.53)

    Women in ministerial positions: 22.2% (Rank: #56; Female/male ratio: 0.29)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 0.4 (Rank: #58; Female/male ratio: 0.01)

    Overall gender gap rank: #33 (Score: 0.734)

  • #42. Lithuania
    10/ Jim Mattis // Wikicommons

    #42. Lithuania

    Political empowerment index score: 0.241

    Women in parliament: 21.3% (Rank: #73; Female/male ratio: 0.27)

    Women in ministerial positions: 21.4% (Rank: #63; Female/male ratio: 0.27)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 8.4 (Rank: #16; Female/male ratio: 0.2)

    Overall gender gap rank: #28 (Score: 0.742)

  • #41. Latvia
    11/ Andrijko Z // Wikiocommons

    #41. Latvia

    Political empowerment index score: 0.246

    Women in parliament: 16% (Rank: #101; Female/male ratio: 0.19)

    Women in ministerial positions: 23.1% (Rank: #49; Female/male ratio: 0.3)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 39.9 (Rank: #14; Female/male ratio: 0.25)

    Overall gender gap rank: #20 (Score: 0.756)

  • #40. Burundi
    12/ Amanda Lucidon // Wikicommons

    #40. Burundi

    Political empowerment index score: 0.255

    Women in parliament: 36.4% (Rank: #25; Female/male ratio: 0.57)

    Women in ministerial positions: 22.7% (Rank: #53; Female/male ratio: 0.29)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 0.6 (Rank: #56; Female/male ratio: 0.01)

    Overall gender gap rank: #22 (Score: 0.755)

  • #39. Angola
    13/ Government ZA // Flickr

    #39. Angola

    Political empowerment index score: 0.262

    Women in parliament: 38.2% (Rank: #18; Female/male ratio: 0.62)

    Women in ministerial positions: 22.2% (Rank: #56; Female/male ratio: 0.29)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 0 (Rank: #69; Female/male ratio: 0)

    Overall gender gap rank: #123 (Score: 0.64)

  • #38. Serbia
    14/ President.gov.ua // Wikicommons

    #38. Serbia

    Political empowerment index score: 0.262

    Women in parliament: 34.4% (Rank: #30; Female/male ratio: 0.52)

    Women in ministerial positions: 26.3% (Rank: #35; Female/male ratio: 0.36)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 1.3 (Rank: #49; Female/male ratio: 0.03)

    Overall gender gap rank: #40 (Score: 0.727)

  • #37. Belgium
    15/ US Department of State // Wikicommons

    #37. Belgium

    Political empowerment index score: 0.264

    Women in parliament: 38% (Rank: #19; Female/male ratio: 0.61)

    Women in ministerial positions: 23.1% (Rank: #49; Female/male ratio: 0.3)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 0 (Rank: #69; Female/male ratio: 0)

    Overall gender gap rank: #31 (Score: 0.739)

  • #36. Chile
    16/ Government of Chile // Wikicommons

    #36. Chile

    Political empowerment index score: 0.266

    Women in parliament: 15.8% (Rank: #104; Female/male ratio: 0.19)

    Women in ministerial positions: 34.8% (Rank: #21; Female/male ratio: 0.53)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 7.3 (Rank: #18; Female/male ratio: 0.17)

    Overall gender gap rank: #63 (Score: 0.704)

  • #35. Bosnia and Herzegovina
    17/ Congress of local and regional authorities // Flickr

    #35. Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Political empowerment index score: 0.275

    Women in parliament: 0.279% (Rank: #72; Female/male ratio: 0.27)

    Women in ministerial positions: 22.2% (Rank: #56; Female/male ratio: 0.29)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 10.7 (Rank: #13; Female/male ratio: 0.27)

    Overall gender gap rank: #66 (Score: 0.702)

  • #34. Mexico
    18/ US Department of State // Flickr

    #34. Mexico

    Political empowerment index score: 0.276

    Women in parliament: 42.6% (Rank: #7; Female/male ratio: 0.74)

    Women in ministerial positions: 15.8% (Rank: #88; Female/male ratio: 0.19)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 0 (Rank: #69; Female/male ratio: 0)

    Overall gender gap rank: #81 (Score: 0.692)

  • #33. Peru
    19/ US Department of State // Flickr

    #33. Peru

    Political empowerment index score: 0.277

    Women in parliament: 27.7% (Rank: #49; Female/male ratio: 0.38)

    Women in ministerial positions: 36.8% (Rank: #17; Female/male ratio: 0.58)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 1.5 (Rank: #47; Female/male ratio: 0.03)

    Overall gender gap rank: #48 (Score: 0.719)

  • #32. Ecuador
    20/ National Assembly of Ecuador // Wikicommons

    #32. Ecuador

    Political empowerment index score: 0.283

    Women in parliament: 38% (Rank: #20; Female/male ratio: 0.61)

    Women in ministerial positions: 27.5% (Rank: #30; Female/male ratio: 0.38)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 0 (Rank: #69; Female/male ratio: 0)

    Overall gender gap rank: #42 (Score: 0.724)

  • #31. Albania
    21/ Υπουργείο Εξωτερικών // Wikicommons

    #31. Albania

    Political empowerment index score: 0.284

    Women in parliament: 27.9% (Rank: #48; Female/male ratio: 0.39)

    Women in ministerial positions: 40% (Rank: #10; Female/male ratio: 0.67)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 0 (Rank: #69; Female/male ratio: 0)

    Overall gender gap rank: #38 (Score: 0.728)

  • #30. Uganda
    22/ World Travel and Tourism Council // Wikicommons

    #30. Uganda

    Political empowerment index score: 0.305

    Women in parliament: 34.3% (Rank: #31; Female/male ratio: 0.52)

    Women in ministerial positions: 36.7% (Rank: #18; Female/male ratio: 0.58)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 0 (Rank: #69; Female/male ratio: 0)

    Overall gender gap rank: #45 (Score: 0.721)

  • #29. Senegal
    23/ Pete Sousza // White House Archives

    #29. Senegal

    Political empowerment index score: 0.308

    Women in parliament: 41.8% (Rank: #9; Female/male ratio: 0.72)

    Women in ministerial positions: 20% (Rank: #68; Female/male ratio: 0.25)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 2.5 (Rank: #39; Female/male ratio: 0.05)

    Overall gender gap rank: #91 (Score: 0.684)

  • #28. Switzerland
    24/ Noel Reynolds // Flickr

    #28. Switzerland

    Political empowerment index score: 0.314

    Women in parliament: 32.5% (Rank: #35; Female/male ratio: 0.48)

    Women in ministerial positions: 28.6% (Rank: #27; Female/male ratio: 0.4)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 6.5 (Rank: #20; Female/male ratio: 0.15)

    Overall gender gap rank: #21 (Score: 0.755)

  • #27. Costa Rica
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    #27. Costa Rica

    Political empowerment index score: 0.314

    Women in parliament: 35.1% (Rank: #27; Female/male ratio: 0.54)

    Women in ministerial positions: 30.4% (Rank: #25; Female/male ratio: 0.44)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 4 (Rank: #30; Female/male ratio: 0.09)

    Overall gender gap rank: #41 (Score: 0.727)

  • #26. Namibia
    26/ US Deparment of State // Flickr

    #26. Namibia

    Political empowerment index score: 0.318

    Women in parliament: 41.3% (Rank: #11; Female/male ratio: 0.7)

    Women in ministerial positions: 24% (Rank: #44; Female/male ratio: 0.32)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 2.3 (Rank: #41; Female/male ratio: 0.05)

    Overall gender gap rank: #13 (Score: 0.777)

  • #25. Netherlands
    27/ Partij van de Arbeid // Wikicommons

    #25. Netherlands

    Political empowerment index score: 0.323

    Women in parliament: 36% (Rank: #26; Female/male ratio: 0.56)

    Women in ministerial positions: 37.5% (Rank: #15; Female/male ratio: 0.6)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 0 (Rank: #69; Female/male ratio: 0)

    Overall gender gap rank: #32 (Score: 0.737)

  • #24. Mozambique
    28/ Goverment ZA // Flickr

    #24. Mozambique

    Political empowerment index score: 0.34

    Women in parliament: 39.6% (Rank: #13; Female/male ratio: 0.66)

    Women in ministerial positions: 23.8% (Rank: #46; Female/male ratio: 0.31)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 5.9 (Rank: #21; Female/male ratio: 0.13)

    Overall gender gap rank: #29 (Score: 0.741)

  • #23. Bulgaria
    29/ Bulgarian Presidency Photostream // Flickr

    #23. Bulgaria

    Political empowerment index score: 0.346

    Women in parliament: 23.8% (Rank: #63; Female/male ratio: 0.31)

    Women in ministerial positions: 52.9% (Rank: #1; Female/male ratio: 1.13)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 0.3 (Rank: #61; Female/male ratio: 0.01)

    Overall gender gap rank: #18 (Score: 0.756)

  • #22. Spain
    30/ Carlotta Silvestrini // Pixabay

    #22. Spain

    Political empowerment index score: 0.354

    Women in parliament: 39.1% (Rank: #14; Female/male ratio: 0.64)

    Women in ministerial positions: 38.5% (Rank: #13; Female/male ratio: 0.63)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 0 (Rank: #69; Female/male ratio: 0)

    Overall gender gap rank: #24 (Score: 0.746)

  • #21. Argentina
    31/ Casa Rosada // Wikicommons

    #21. Argentina

    Political empowerment index score: 0.356

    Women in parliament: 38.9% (Rank: #16; Female/male ratio: 0.64)

    Women in ministerial positions: 17.4% (Rank: #81; Female/male ratio: 0.21)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 9.7 (Rank: #15; Female/male ratio: 0.24)

    Overall gender gap rank: #34 (Score: 0.732)

  • #20. Canada
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    #20. Canada

    Political empowerment index score: 0.361

    Women in parliament: 26.3% (Rank: #56; Female/male ratio: 0.36)

    Women in ministerial positions: 51.7% (Rank: #1; Female/male ratio: 1.07)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 0.4 (Rank: #59; Female/male ratio: 0.01)

    Overall gender gap rank: #16 (Score: 0.769)

  • #19. Cuba
    33/ Marco Zanferrari // Wikicommons

    #19. Cuba

    Political empowerment index score: 0.382

    Women in parliament: 48.9% (Rank: #3; Female/male ratio: 0.96)

    Women in ministerial positions: 25.9% (Rank: #37; Female/male ratio: 0.35)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 0 (Rank: #69; Female/male ratio: 0)

    Overall gender gap rank: #25 (Score: 0.745)

  • #18. South Africa
    34/ Government ZA // Flickr

    #18. South Africa

    Political empowerment index score: 0.399

    Women in parliament: 41.8% (Rank: #10; Female/male ratio: 0.72)

    Women in ministerial positions: 41.7% (Rank: #9; Female/male ratio: 0.71)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 0 (Rank: #68; Female/male ratio: 0)

    Overall gender gap rank: #19 (Score: 0.756)

  • #17. United Kingdom
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    #17. United Kingdom

    Political empowerment index score: 0.404

    Women in parliament: 32% (Rank: #38; Female/male ratio: 0.47)

    Women in ministerial positions: 30.8% (Rank: #23; Female/male ratio: 0.44)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 12.5 (Rank: #8; Female/male ratio: 0.33)

    Overall gender gap rank: #15 (Score: 0.77)

  • #16. Denmark
    36/ Friends of Europe // Wikicommons

    #16. Denmark

    Political empowerment index score: 0.406

    Women in parliament: 37.4% (Rank: #21; Female/male ratio: 0.6)

    Women in ministerial positions: 42.9% (Rank: #8; Female/male ratio: 0.75)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 3.7 (Rank: #32; Female/male ratio: 0.08)

    Overall gender gap rank: #14 (Score: 0.776)

  • #15. India
    37/ Pulakit Singh // Wikicommons

    #15. India

    Political empowerment index score: 0.407

    Women in parliament: 11.8% (Rank: #118; Female/male ratio: 0.13)

    Women in ministerial positions: 18.5% (Rank: #76; Female/male ratio: 0.23)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 20.5 (Rank: #3; Female/male ratio: 0.7)

    Overall gender gap rank: #108 (Score: 0.669)

  • #14. Bolivia
    38/ Rodrigo Acha // Wikicommons

    #14. Bolivia

    Political empowerment index score: 0.408

    Women in parliament: 53.1% (Rank: #1; Female/male ratio: 1.13)

    Women in ministerial positions: 27.3% (Rank: #31; Female/male ratio: 0.38)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 0.7 (Rank: #55; Female/male ratio: 0.01)

    Overall gender gap rank: #17 (Score: 0.758)

  • #13. Philippines
    39/ Robinson Ninal // Wikicommons

    #13. Philippines

    Political empowerment index score: 0.416

    Women in parliament: 29.5% (Rank: #44; Female/male ratio: 0.42)

    Women in ministerial positions: 25% (Rank: #39; Female/male ratio: 0.33)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 15.8 (Rank: #5; Female/male ratio: 0.46)

    Overall gender gap rank: #10 (Score: 0.79)

  • #12. New Zealand
    40/ Governor-General of New Zealand // Wikicommons

    #12. New Zealand

    Political empowerment index score: 0.43

    Women in parliament: 34.2% (Rank: #32; Female/male ratio: 0.52)

    Women in ministerial positions: 37% (Rank: #16; Female/male ratio: 0.59)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 11 (Rank: #12; Female/male ratio: 0.28)

    Overall gender gap rank: #9 (Score: 0.791)

  • #11. Slovenia
    41/ Tamino Petelinsek // Wikicommons

    #11. Slovenia

    Political empowerment index score: 0.44

    Women in parliament: 36.7% (Rank: #23; Female/male ratio: 0.58)

    Women in ministerial positions: 50% (Rank: #1; Female/male ratio: 1)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 1.5 (Rank: #48; Female/male ratio: 0.03)

    Overall gender gap rank: #7 (Score: 0.805)

  • #10. Germany
    42/ MArc Muller // Wikicommons

    #10. Germany

    Political empowerment index score: 0.447

    Women in parliament: 37% (Rank: #22; Female/male ratio: 0.59)

    Women in ministerial positions: 33.3% (Rank: #22; Female/male ratio: 0.5)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 12.1 (Rank: #10; Female/male ratio: 0.32)

    Overall gender gap rank: #12 (Score: 0.778)

  • #9. France
    43/ David Monniaux // Wikicommons

    #9. France

    Political empowerment index score: 0.453

    Women in parliament: 39% (Rank: #15; Female/male ratio: 0.64)

    Women in ministerial positions: 52.9% (Rank: #1; Female/male ratio: 1.13)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 0.9 (Rank: #52; Female/male ratio: 0.02)

    Overall gender gap rank: #11 (Score: 0.778)

  • #8. Sweden
    44/ Johann Schiff // Wikicommons

    #8. Sweden

    Political empowerment index score: 0.486

    Women in parliament: 43.6% (Rank: #6; Female/male ratio: 0.77)

    Women in ministerial positions: 52.2% (Rank: #1; Female/male ratio: 1.09)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 0 (Rank: #69; Female/male ratio: 0)

    Overall gender gap rank: #5 (Score: 0.816)

  • #7. Bangladesh
    45/ US Department of State // Flickr

    #7. Bangladesh

    Political empowerment index score: 0.493

    Women in parliament: 20.3% (Rank: #78; Female/male ratio: 0.25)

    Women in ministerial positions: 6.3% (Rank: #122; Female/male ratio: 0.07)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 26.4 (Rank: #1; Female/male ratio: 0.9)

    Overall gender gap rank: #47 (Score: 0.719)

  • #6. Ireland
    46/ Dept. of Children and Youth Affairs // Wikicommons

    #6. Ireland

    Political empowerment index score: 0.493

    Women in parliament: 22.2% (Rank: #70; Female/male ratio: 0.28)

    Women in ministerial positions: 26.7% (Rank: #33; Female/male ratio: 0.36)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 20.8 (Rank: #2; Female/male ratio: 0.71)

    Overall gender gap rank: #8 (Score: 0.794)

  • #5. Finland
    47/ Frankie Fouganthin // Wikicommons

    #5. Finland

    Political empowerment index score: 0.519

    Women in parliament: 42% (Rank: #8; Female/male ratio: 0.72)

    Women in ministerial positions: 38.5% (Rank: #13; Female/male ratio: 0.63)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 12 (Rank: #11; Female/male ratio: 0.32)

    Overall gender gap rank: #3 (Score: 0.823)

  • #4. Norway
    48/ Erna Solberg // Facebook

    #4. Norway

    Political empowerment index score: 0.53

    Women in parliament: 39.6% (Rank: #12; Female/male ratio: 0.66)

    Women in ministerial positions: 38.9% (Rank: #12; Female/male ratio: 0.64)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 13.8 (Rank: #6; Female/male ratio: 0.38)

    Overall gender gap rank: #2 (Score: 0.83)

  • #3. Rwanda
    49/ Rwandan Government // Flickr

    #3. Rwanda

    Political empowerment index score: 0.539

    Women in parliament: 61.3% (Rank: #1; Female/male ratio: 1.58)

    Women in ministerial positions: 47.4% (Rank: #7; Female/male ratio: 0.9)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 0.7 (Rank: #53; Female/male ratio: 0.01)

    Overall gender gap rank: #4 (Score: 0.822)

  • #2. Nicaragua
    50/ Mine Ban Convention // Flickr

    #2. Nicaragua

    Political empowerment index score: 0.576

    Women in parliament: 45.7% (Rank: #5; Female/male ratio: 0.84)

    Women in ministerial positions: 52.9% (Rank: #1; Female/male ratio: 1.13)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 6.7 (Rank: #19; Female/male ratio: 0.16)

    Overall gender gap rank: #6 (Score: 0.814)

  • #1. Iceland
    51/ Helgi Halldorson // Flickr

    #1. Iceland

    Political empowerment index score: 0.75

    Women in parliament: 47.6% (Rank: #4; Female/male ratio: 0.91)

    Women in ministerial positions: 40% (Rank: #10; Female/male ratio: 0.67)

    Years with female head of state (of the last 50): 20.3 (Rank: #4; Female/male ratio: 0.68)

    Overall gender gap rank: #1 (Score: 0.878)

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