Helsinki: Finland’s new government has announced plans to give all parents the same parental leave, in a push to get fathers to spend more time with their children.
Neighbouring Sweden has Europe’s most generous system of parental leave with 240 days each after a baby’s birth.
Finland says it wants to “promote wellbeing and gender equality”.
Under the current system in Finland, maternity leave is 4.2 months, while fathers are given 2.2 months until the child turns two. On top of that, another six months’ parental leave can be shared.
However, on average only one in four fathers take what they are given. The current plans now talk only of parental leave.
Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said last month that her country still had some way to go to achieve gender equality and complained that too few fathers were spending time with their children when they were young.