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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.


About 71% of Canadian mothers were employed in 2009 -- a higher number than in the United States, made possible by several government aid programs.

Pregnancy leave can last for up to 17 weeks for women, and an additional 35 weeks of parental leave can be divided between parents. Both programs are funded by the government, not private employers.

The Canadian government also offers families monthly allowances to help with the cost of raising children under age 18. And there's an additional $100 monthly allowance available for each child under age 6, to help with the cost of child care.

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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