"Daddy months"

Sweden will give fathers a third month of paid paternity leave

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Sweden already boasts some of the best benefits for parents of newborns in the world. And the government just sweetened the deal, in a new push for gender equality. The third month of government paid paternity leave is “something we’ve really looked forward to,” social security minister Annika Strandhall reportedly told Radio Sweden. “We know that this is a key issue toward gaining [gender] equality.” Sweden first introduced one month of paternity leave in 1995 and in 2002, upped it to two months. The time has since become known as “daddy months” because they’re meant to encourage dads to take a more active role in parenting.  Under the new proposal, new moms and dads will be required to take three months of leave, or lose them, and then still have another 10 months that can be divided as the parents see fit. Not too shabby — and certainly part of the reason Sweden ranked fifth best country in the world to be a mom on a list released last month.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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