A new report shows Swedish men should not be honored for the country's high rankings in surveys about gender equality in the home.

According to the statistics, Swedish couples divided their household tasks more and more evenly during the 1990's, but only because women did less work at home.

So the level of equality increased, even though the men didn't lift a finger.

The same report shows couples are more equal in Sweden than in 15 other European countries. While Swedish men do 40 percent of household work, Italians and Spaniards do 20 to 25 percent of the total.