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Finland, February 2020

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In an endeavor to encourage fathers to spend more time with their children, Finland’s new government announced that all parents would receive the same parental leave. The paid allowance per family was increased to a combined 14 months, coming to 164 days per parent.

This initiative was the start of “a radical reform of family benefits”, according to Health and Social Affairs Minister, Aino-Kaisa Pekonen. Previously, fathers had just over half the parental leave of mothers, with an added six months that could be shared, yet only one in four fathers even took their leave. It is hoped that the new allowances will increase this number.

The Prime Minister, Sanna Marin, says that her country still has a ways to go to achieve gender equality, and hopes to see more fathers spending time with their children in the early ages.