German Parliament: Part II

Following up on my recent post on the German Parliament, here is another attempt at visualising the data – I jumped on the recent gif-bandwagon.

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A Brief Look at Diversity in the German Parliament

In light of the upcoming German federal elections in September 2017, I take a brief look at the age and gender distribution in the German Parliament – the Bundestag – from its establishment in 1949 to the last general election in 2013. The figure below sums up the most interesting findings, starting with the observation that while the age composition changed over time, the average age of the representatives  stayed relatiely constant over the past seven decades (at around 50 years at the start of the legislative term). In addition, it highlights that the number of female representatives has risen considerably from a meagre 28 out of 382 members in the 1st Bundestag (1949-1953) to 230 out of 631 in the current (18th) term.

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A Brief Look at Diversity in the German Parliament