Danish parents are entitled to a full year of family leave after the birth of a child. The mother gets 18 weeks, the father gets two weeks, and the remaining 32 weeks can be divided between both parents.

The government pays a portion of their salary, depending on the type of job. For example, manual laborers receive 90% of their salary, while nonmanual workers get 50%, up to a certain limit.

About 84% of mothers with children under 15 are employed.

Source: We used data from the Central Intelligence Agency and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation to compare female employment rates, length of work weeks and fertility rates, and then looked at parental leave policies by country.
- Last updated August 13 2013 10:43 AM ET
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