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30 Issues: Paid Family Leave Around the World


If you're a new mom in Estonia you can bank on 25 weeks of paid maternity leave. Same in Italy.

In the U.K. you can bet on 40 weeks. From Bulgaria? Go ahead take a year.

But a US citizen? See you at work tomorrow.

Danielle Kurtzleben, a political reporter assigned to NPR's Washington Desk, talked about paid maternity leave as it's offered around the world.

And Agneta Furvik, the US Correspondent & NY Bureau Chief for Swedish National Public Radio (NPR), explained why Sweden is such an exception: parental leave in Sweden is 480 days. That's 16 months!

Here's a glance at how many paid weeks off new mothers get in other countries. Discussing w/ @titonka now! #30Issuespic.twitter.com/RaE4ZSW9jZ

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) May 4, 2016

@BrianLehrer in Canada, 2 weeks at 93% salary and 15 weeks at 80%, plus EI for 35 weeks. And my job was held for me for the full year!

— Nisha Patel (@nishapatel) May 4, 2016

@BrianLehrer Morocco offers 14 weeks before birth and 7 weeks maternity leave

— Kathleen Tipton (@livesensible) May 4, 2016

@BrianLehrer Cuba allows 18 weeks at full pay, 40 more weeks at 60% of pay

— CJaye (@CeeJ24) May 4, 2016

Also worth thinking about: how the U.S. compares to other countries on vacation days... #30Issues@titonkapic.twitter.com/waBHohxe0K

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) May 4, 2016


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 2016-05-04  19m