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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.


Not only do most Finnish moms work, many do so full time. The government has actively tried to promote work-life balance for families, and encourages men in particular to play a larger role in parenting.

A high-quality daycare system, often run by local municipalities, is available to children under seven years old, with fees varying depending on family size and income. Pre-school education for six-year-olds is free.

Maternity leave lasts about 18 weeks, and an additional 26 weeks of leave can be shared between parents. Parents who decide not to use daycare are also offered a monthly allowance to care for a child up until age three, and their job remains protected in the meantime.

Parents also have the right to reduce their work hours until their child's second year in school.

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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