20171015 - Pappa promenerar med sitt barn barnvagn under pappaledighet. Foto: Isabell Höjman / TT / kod 11711

Sweden offers 480 days of parental leave per child which can be shared out between mothers and fathers as they see fit, but with each parent entitled to at least three use-it-or-lose-it months.
Despite great strides in gender equality, women still claim the lion’s share, but the number of dads claiming parental allowance – paid at about 80 percent of their salary – has grown slowly but surely.
Last year fathers claimed 27.9 percent of parental leave, according to annual statistics by the Swedish Social Insurance Agency reported by the TT newswire, one percentage unit more than the year before.
“It’s moving in the right direction, but there’s still some way to go to the limit of shame for a gender equal payout of 60/40,” commented the agency’s family economist Niklas Löfgren.
Sweden increased the months of parental leave reserved for one parent (often …
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