The election of Helle Thorning-Schmidt as the first woman Prime Minister of Denmark brings the number of women leading European countries to11, and that of elected women leaders across the world to 21 (out of 190).
It remains to be seen whether or not there will be more women in the new legislature. Denmark has always had a good percentage of women in its Parliament; prior to this election the level was 38% and the country stood 13th in the global league table.
Helle Thorning-Schmidt is the first woman MP in Denmark in the 96 years since Danish women got the vote, and heads a left-of-centre coalition which defeated the right-of-centre governments by just a handful of seats.
The other women leaders in Europe are in Switzerland, Ireland, Finland (both President and Prime Minister), Iceland, San Marino, Germany, Slovakia, Lithuania and Croatia.