Finland's new government has announced plans to give all parents the same parental leave. That means fathers could spend more time with their children.
Under the current system in Finland, maternity leave is 4.2 months, while fathers are given 2.2 months until the child turns two. On top of that, another six months' parental leave can be shared. According to the new plan, paid allowance will increase to a combined 14 months, which works out as 164 days per parent. Parents would be allowed to transfer 69 days of their quota. Single parents would be allowed to use both allowances. Health and social affairs minister Aino-Kaisa Pekonen told reporters that "a radical reform of family benefits" had begun.
Since December, Finland has been governed by a five-party coalition and each party is led by a woman. Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said last month that her country still had some way to go to achieve gender equality. In the EU already exists a similar intention. A 2019 directive is giving member states three years to provide each parent with at least four months' leave, including two months that can not be transferred.