In Sweden it’s quite common for women and men to split there parental leave duties. Something that is possible thanks to a generous policy.
This particular policy was extended in 1974 by the Swedish government, and enables both parents to benefit from it, by splitting the parental leave equally.
Since the stay-at-home-dads quite often engage in “coffee dates” while performing childcare duties they also go by the nickname “latte dads”.
Both parents are allowed (give or take) 480 days of subsidized “föräldraledighet” (children care leave). They can also a bonus (extra time) based on how evenly they split the leave.
The policy has been an eye-opener for many couples and more men have realized (and experienced) that staying home with a baby is a full-time job.
Petra Roman, freelance writer
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