Sweden: pros and cons continued
In an old post titled Sweden: pros and cons, I listed some pros and cons for Sweden. On May 1st, my wife and I are expecting our first child and while preparing for this, I’ve encountered something that has to go on the pro list. When a Swedish couple have a baby, they each get 240 days (!) paid parental leave to be with the baby. It’s only 80% of your salary, but in many cases, your employer will pad that number (in my case to 90%). You can distribute the days however you want between the parents, but each parent has to take at least 60 days off.
It’s at times like this I’m happy to pay taxes.