Norway is #1 this year, but Norway, Sweden and Finland are the only countries who have been in the top 3 for 3 years running.
The UK has gone from 9th (2006) to 11th (2007) to 13th (2008).
The US has been 23rd, 31st and 26th over the three years. When you look at women and "political empowerment," the US was only in 56th place. Norway is also rated as the most peaceful nation in the world, unlike the US, which remains the only country to use nuclear weapons in warfare.