Sweden: pros and cons continued | Rickard Andersson

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.


  1. Alexander
    Posted February 28, 2010 at 00:36 | Permalink

    In the Soviet Union, a mother could get up to 3 years of paid leave, and up to 5 years of leave without losing your job.

    Of course, cons included: Low, equal salaries, whatever you do (a doctor officially earned the same as a factory worker, the same as a schoolteacher, the same as a mechanic: 150 rubles, base salary). Corruption (unofficially, doctors earned a lot more than 150 rubles). Chronic product deficits. Jail, if you felt you deserved more than 150 rubles.

    Thank god that country’s dead.

  2. Mymyx
    Posted February 24, 2013 at 23:24 | Permalink

    Modern sweden has still some work to do to become the old USSR!

    Thanks for the blog and I hope the family is growing fine…


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