They are young, well educated and well-paid. They work in similar fields, have similar titles and the similar experience – yet Swedish men make around 10,000 SEK (or $1,500) more per month than Swedish women.

“The difference is much, much greater than we thought. We are surprised and very sad,” says Jenny Berger, Information Officer at NovaAgentum, the mentoring program that’s behind the study that looked at the talent network Nova Pro, a network with 5,600 members, most of whom are economists or engineers. The study shows that men make an average of 9,400 SEK ($1,413) more than women per month, men make an average of 56,000 SEK ($8,421) and women 46,600 SEK ($7,000). The average member’s age is 32. Berger says it is surprising since the differences when it comes to age, position, and field are so small. If at all there’s a difference, it is that women generally do better in job interviews and at events. That they have better study results is a fact, but female top students expect to be paid on average 2,000 SEK ($300) less than their male colleagues.

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“The girls value themselves much less. After that it develops exponentially,” Berger concludes.