Parental leave in Sweden

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This post is about parental leave in Sweden and how it's been 50 years since Sweden became the first country in the world to replace gender-specific maternity leave with parental leave for both mothers and fathers. 

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Fifty years ago, Sweden paved the way for more equal parental leave. 💛

In 1974, Sweden became the first country in the world to replace gender-specific maternity leave with parental leave for both mothers and fathers. 

👶 Then, the so-called parental insurance enabled parents to take six months off work per child – with each parent entitled to half of the days. But in 1974, only 0.5% of the paid parental leave was taken by fathers.  

👶 Now, parents in Sweden are entitled to 480 days of parental leave per child. Ninety days are ear-marked for each parent, while the remaining 300 days can be shared between them in any way they wish. And today, fathers in Sweden take around 30% of the paid parental leave.

Photo: [name of the photographer/imagebank.sweden.se]

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