Children at Swedish daycare

Lukewarm Interest to Stay at Home

Swedish Radio News reports only slight interest among the parents of small children here for a benefit enthusiastically supported by the center-right government.

Under the program a parent who stays at home with a pre-school aged child gets around 500 dollars a month. The system was introduced in 15 Swedish municipalities in July, but according to a survey only around 420 parents have applied for and received the benefit.

The plan has been strongly criticised as an attempt to turn the clock back to the era when most married women were housewives, rather than the current practice of returning to work and sending their children to low-cost public daycare.

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