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Paid parental leave: how Swedish mums and dads do it

Monday, 3/31/2014

Sweden brought in generous paid parental leave in 1974. Swedish parents now receive a total of 480 days of leave per child, 390 days of which is paid at 80 percent of salary. More men are staying home with the children. Swedes claim that those three months of being the main stay at home carer give men a stronger bond with their child, make them morel ikely to do their share of housework, and mean they have a better understanding of what childcare involves.


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