Sweden in Transition
Sweden in Transition #27 - Three Swedish Dads
Today it is a new format: I will leave the floor to three dads so they can share their own experience on paternity leave. Emotion guaranteed!
Parental leave is 480 days in Sweden, which are more and more shared equally between both parents. It is well paid and during this first year there is no real childcare. On the opposite, afterwards the costs of pre-school is very limited. Also, the tax system in Sweden is individual (not based on the household revenue) encouraging the parent with low income to remain active. All those measures are good incentives for both mums & dads to take the parental leave but to go back to work afterwards as well. You will also learn that there are domestic classes in high school, where all boys and girls learn how to cook, bake, clean, iron, sewe and make errands.
Most of you, listening mums & dads probably did not get the chance of having such a long and equally shared leave. My husband & I certainly did not, but we still feel we fully enjoyed our babies and still spend a lot of quality time with them.
However, the parental leave set up in Sweden feels right, much more natural, fair for both parents and more profitable for kids and society as a whole.
Please, share your thoughts and comments, I am so interested to hear what you think!