Parental leave in Sweden

Shorter parental leave for new Swedes?

The conservative Moderate party is warming up to an idea floated by Center party leader Maud Olofsson that would give parents with young children who move to Sweden shorter parental leave than parents who already live in the country.

Gunnar Axén, the Moderate spokesperson on the Committee on Social Insurance, tells radio Sweden that he is positive to adjusting parental pay for parents who move to Sweden based on the age of the children.

He says, "It would reinforce the labor policy that people would be able to get into the Swedish workforce faster, learn Swedish, and get a Swedish education."

The Christian Democrats are the only party in the center-right government who do not support the proposal. Discussions are now expected among the four parties in the alliance.

There are no plans for how the proposal would look.