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Sun Feb 9, 2020, 08:07 AM

Finland's Women-Led Government Has Equalized Family Leave: 7 Months For Each Parent

People often ponder how the world might be different if more women were in political power. In Finland, where women lead the five parties in the coalition government, here's one change they're making: equal paid leave for both parents in a family.

Finland's government, led by 34-year-old Prime Minister Sanna Marin, has announced a new policy that will grant nearly seven months of paid leave to each parent, for a total of 14 months of paid leave. The pregnant parent also can receive one month of pregnancy allowance even before the parental leave starts.

The new policy is designed to be gender-neutral and will come into effect as soon as fall 2021. It will eliminate gender-based allowances that currently grant about four months of paid leave to mothers and about two months to fathers.

Parents will be permitted to transfer 69 days from their own quota to the other parent. A single parent will have access to the allowance for both parents.


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Sun Feb 9, 2020, 09:04 AM

1. As someone...

who just used ALL of his vacation time for the birth and first 2 months with my new baby... i wish i lived in Finland. Going back to work so soon was really hard. And don't even get me started on the cost of daycare.


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