Danes are among the happiest in Europe with their family life – Wondering why?

maternitydenmarkFor a working professional woman whose employer provides minimal sick and vacation leave, having a baby often means cobbling together a combination of paid sick and vacation leave, disability insurance, and even unpaid leave, to deliver and care for her new child. Then, if a woman does return to work, the family must obtain childcare, which is often quite expensive. For some families, it ultimately makes more financial sense for the mother to leave the workforce altogether.

Denmark provides nearly one year of paid family leave for a mother after having a child. This paid family leave is financed initially by the national government and later by the employer. Here’s how it works: the mother can take 4 weeks off prior to the birth and 14 weeks off after the birth. The father can take 2 weeks off. And then the family can use the remaining 32 weeks of leave as they see fit, totaling 52 weeks (one year). Once a child is six months old, the national government provides universal childcare to all families

This is an extract of “Can Danish Women Have It All?” To read the full article click here
See also Maternity Leaves Around The World

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