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Countries With the Best Maternity Leave Policies

9 Countries With the Best Maternity Leave Policies


All the talk about Yahoo's new maternity leave policy (16 paid weeks!) makes us wonder about maternity leave policies elsewhere in the world. In the US, the Family Leave and Medical Leave Act dictates we should expect at least 12 weeks of unpaid maternity leave. Of course, not all American companies follow that to a T. Some, like Yahoo, provide more generous policies than the required minimum. But as you take a look at the list below, you'll realize that perhaps the tech giant is just catching up to the rest of the world:

  1. Sweden: 420 days, 80 percent of paid wages.
  2. Denmark: 52 weeks, 100 percent of paid wages.
  3. Serbia: 52 weeks, 100 percent of paid wages.
  4. United Kingdom: 52 weeks, 90 percent of paid wages.
  5. Canada: 52 weeks, 55 percent of paid wages for the first 17 weeks of maternity leave.
  6. Croatia: 1 year, 100 percent of paid wages.
  7. Albania: 1 year, 80 percent of paid wages before birth and for the next 150 days after birth. For the rest of the maternity leave, you get 50 percent of paid wages.
  8. Bosnia and Herzegovina: 1 year, 82 percent of paid wages for the first month, and 75 percent for the rest of the maternity leave.
  9. Norway: 46 to 56 weeks, 100 percent of paid wages if you take 46 weeks off but 80 percent if you take 56 weeks off.
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Nancy-Einhart Nancy-Einhart 4 years
Wow. Getting a year off to bond with your baby sounds downright luxurious, and reasonable.
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