Looking to start a family? For expecting Swedish parents, the challenge of who will take care of the new baby in the first few months of life is not an issue. Sweden has some of the most generous parental leave laws in the world with parents of newborn children receiving a total of 480 days of leave per child; they receive 80% of their wages during this time, up to a cap of about $65,000.
Another unique element of Sweden’s parental leave policy: the country’s focus on the fathers. Dads get two months of mandatory leave. According to a Wall Street Journal article on the topic, giving new fathers the time-off not only sets a more level playing field at home — it also evens the score at work.
“If only women stayed at home with children, women would be at considerable disadvantage compared with men,” systems developer Johanna Noren explained to the Wall Street Journal at the time.