Sweden -- land of Garbo, long verdant coastlines and, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit, the world’s top functioning democracy. Now comes another reason to love this Scandinavian country: its fantastically generous paternity leave.
In 1995 the nation’s prime minister implemented new "daddy leave" laws that reserve at least two months of a family's state-paid, 13-month parental leave for the exclusive use of fathers. In other words, while dads are not forced to stay at home, their families will lose subsidies if pop chooses to opt out.
The impact on society has been profound. A full 85 percent of Swedish fathers take parental leave today up from 6 percent in 1991, according to a The New York Times report. And Sweden is not alone. Paternity leave is actually mandatory in Portugal, albeit for just one week. Iceland allots three months for each parent individually, and an additional shared three months. Germany reserves two out of 14 months of paid leave for fathers. ...read more
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