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The new reforms will give the same amount of leave (164 days, or around 6.6 months) to both parents, regardless of their gender, a move the government said promotes gender equality and inclusivity.

Pregnant women will get an additional month on top of this quota and single parents will be able to use the total allowance offered to two parents.

Marin, the youngest prime minister in the world, admitted at the time Finland needed to reform its parental leave policy, explaining that “too few fathers were spending time with their children while they were young.”

Sweden has the most generous paid leave allowance in Europe for both sexes, offering parents a total quota of 480 days, or 240 days each.


This week’s artist is Ossi Pirkonen.