welfare

Highest levels of time off work since 2005

Swedish parents are breaking records, for the time they are taking off work to take care of their sick kids.

New figures for 2010 indicate that parents took a total of 628 466 days off work, the highest figure since 2005, reports newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

Parents here get a state subsidy for "VABbing" as it is known, but the National Social Insurance Agency says it has no idea why so many took so much time off last year.

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