Women make up just a quarter of all scientists and engineers in Luxembourg, the lowest rate of any country in the EU, new data has revealed.
According to figures published by EU data gathering body Eurostat, in 2016 there were 5,900 female scientists or engineers, compared to 17,800 men. It showed Luxembourg lags behind the EU average split of 60% men and 40% women.
But, it was not the only member state to do so: Finland (28%), Hungary (31%), Austria (32%), Germany (33%), Italy, Slovakia, Netherlands, UK and Greece were also below the EU average.
Only three countries recorded a higher ratio of women to men in these areas: Lithuania (58%), Bulgaria (54%) and Latvia (52%).
According to the report, there were 1.7 million scientists and engineers in the EU in 2016. Men were particularly overrepresented in manufacturing (83% of scientists and engineers in manufacturing were male), while the services sector was more balanced (55% male and 45% female).