Iceland Best Nation for Women; US 19th World Economic Forum releases annual rankings By Matthew , Newser User Posted Oct 12, 2010 12:56 PM CDT Promoted on Newser Oct 12, 2010 2:10 PM CDT 16 comments Comments Prime Minister of Iceland Johanna Siguroardottir speaks at UN last month. Her nation is No. 1 in gender equality. (AP) (User Submitted) – Iceland leads the world in gender equality, says a new report from the World Economic Forum, with the United States rising 12 spots to 19th. Nordic nations again dominated the list, with Norway, Finland, and Sweden also near the top. Ireland, the UK, Germany, and Spain did well, but France plummeted into the 40s because of its lack of women in political power. The list also factors in education, health, and jobs. More details at Fox or the Guardian.