Everyone sees the civic responsibility and benefit of paying high taxes and most would pay even higher taxes if it meant they got more benefits. Swedes joke about the amount of bureaucracy they endure in assorted offices here, but the reason behind it is to keep things running smoothly. Socialized medicine Healthcare in Sweden is not free.
Email Besides what the sex of the baby is, one thing that I'm constantly asked is how much time I'm taking off when I give birth to my baby.
I'm due at the end of November. Some work places will allow for more, unpaid. But the law doesn't mandate that companies pay anyone time to spend with their babies — and many people simply can't afford to take time off.
So I was surprised to find out that almost every other country in the world — except for a few like Papua New Guinea and Lesotho — pays for either full maternity leave or a portion of it.
It's either mandated that companies pay, or social security will dish it out or it's a combination of both. Of course, the time allotted varies country to country.
Some places, like the United Arab Emirates and Tunisia, give new moms 45 days or fewer. As NPR's Phil Reeves reports tonight on All Things Considered, Sweden has some of the most generous parental leave laws in the world — and the government not only considers the mother, but also the father.
Parents are allocated a total of days per child, which they can take any time until the child is 8 years old. They can share these days, although 60 are allocated specifically to the father.
And they are entitled to receive 80 percent of their wages, although this is capped at a certain level. Paternity leave around the world is harder to chart than maternity leave.
In some cases, fathers can tap into the same benefits that mothers get. In other cases — such as Sweden, Norway and Iceland — they have time specifically dedicated to them.
Yet in many countries, fathers don't have any time allotted to them at all. A few examples of paternity policies are listed by the International Labour Organization see page In Sweden, Reeves reports that dads seem happy.
He spoke to men who say the law has really helped them bond with their kids. One of the benefits of this law, say Swedes, is that employers have no disincentive when it comes to hiring women who may have children and need lots of time off.
Occasionally, it is the man who takes the majority of the days off. Still, Swedish men still tend to be better paid than women; this means the family loses more income if fathers take the leave. This helps explain why, according to Swedish government figures, women still take 75 percent of the allocation.
To see how various countries stack up, take a look at our map.Introduction benefit. Those who are newly arrived in Sweden may be eligible for introduction benefit. Applications for introduction benefit are submitted to the Public Employment Service which makes decisions on the introduction benefit and its size.
Maternal and parental leave in the Nordic countries has a history of more than years!
In Sweden, the right to four weeks of unpaid maternal leave was introduced as early as in , as part of a voluntary state-subsidized sickness insurance scheme. Scandinavians See Parental Benefits Through Feminist Lens.
The region boasts some of world’s most generous parental leave policies. Sweden, for example, permits new parents to take a full year of compensated leave, split between both parents. IFAU – Parental leave and the glass ceiling in Sweden 5 are given in Halldén and Stenberg () who find that 60 percent of married women’s freed hours due to RUT are applied to labor market work.
Sweden’s days of parental leave per child are some of the best benefits in the world. The time can be split between both parents and can be taken at any point until the child is 8 years old, which can result in some extra-long vacations (since a parent can take a week of parental leave onto some of the 5 weeks of mandated vacation time.
1 In the subsequent discussion, parental benefits encompasses both maternity allowances () and parental benefits ().
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