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Majority Against Parental Leave Quota

Published tisdag 25 oktober 2005 kl 11.17

A new survey reveals that six out of ten Swedes are against proposals that fathers be forced to take more parental leave benefits.

Under the Swedish system, one of the parents of new born children can stay home for up to 480 days, all but two months at 80 percent salary. They are free to divide it up between them, but fathers are required to take at least two months of the benefit.

Feminist groups, along with the Green and Left parties, have been fighting to force parents to divide up the period equally. Since women generally earn less than men, that would mean a significant financial loss for most families.

Published in the newspaper “Dagens Nyheter” Tuesday, the survey reveals that 60 percent of Swedes want to keep the current system, 25 percent would support a plan that increases the father’s stay-at-home time somewhat, and only 9 percent want to divide it equally.

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