06.17.1311:22 AM ET

Norway Votes to Conscript Women

First NATO country to make service mandatory for both genders.

On Wednesday Norway voted to extend the conscription system to both men and women, becoming the first peacetime NATO country to make military service compulsory for women. The vote overwhelmingly passed in the Norwegian government, but it is not surprising in a country where women make up half of the current government and where companies are required to fill at least 40 percent of their boards with women. In terms of its military, Norway has reduced its armed forces since the Cold War, but spends heavily on technology.