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Best countries for working moms and dads

These countries offer generous benefits for parents, making it easier for working mothers and fathers to balance work and family.


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.
  @AnnalynKurtz - Last updated August 13 2013 10:43 AM ET

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