Comparison of Maternity Leave Allowances

The Economist graphically compares OECD maternity leave allowances.

Sweden is the most generous of the OECD countries, not only offering most time off but also paying 80% of a woman’s salary for 390 days. For fathers, Britain offers a measly two weeks of unpaid leave, whereas in Norway and Iceland, for example, more even division of work between parents is encouraged with “father quotas”, a leave period reserved for dads on a “use it or lose it” basis.

I’ve always thought that the Nordic countries have this right, or at least more right, than the rest of the OECD countries. Paternity leave in most of the world is embarrassing—it brings to mind a previous post on My Ideal Parenting Model.

via Link Banana