Swedish dads just got even luckier: on top of their existing paternity benefits (they receive 80% of their salaries for up to 390 days), they will now receive a "gender equality bonus" equal to roughly US$450 each month.
"The government wants parents to share more equally in their parental leave, so that women aren't discriminated against on the labour market," said Niklas Löfgren, a spokesman for Sweden's Social Insurance Agency. "It is also to ensure that the father gets a closer relationship to the child at an earlier stage of its life."
The new measure was voted through by the Swedish Parliament last Wednesday and will take effect at the start of the new year.
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