The 8 countries with the best paternity leave policies in the world

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As the US still struggles to secure basic maternity leave policy, some countries have already moved on to improving time off just for fathers.

On Fathers' Day, it's important to recognize which nations have made the biggest leaps in granting new dads that important time off.

Here are the best countries to be a new father.

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New parents in Sweden are entitled to 480 days of leave at 80% of their normal pay.

Dads get 90 paid paternity days reserved just for them. The idea is to promote bonding between father and child during a time when moms are getting most of the attention.


Fathers in Estonia are given two weeks of paid time off to promote extra bonding with their child. They can also choose to take some of the time off during the final two months before the expected delivery date.

After maternity leave ends, parents get an additional 435 days off to share, with compensation calculated at the average of their two earnings.


Icelandic parents can split their nine months of post-childbirth leave straight down the middle.

New moms get three months, new dads get three months, and then it's up to the couple to decide how they'll split the remaining three months.

Each parent receives 80% of their salary while on leave.

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