Maternity Leave Around The World

Last week I wrote about how stressed out I was about receiving only 55% of my income while on maternity leave. I did a little research, I am a curious person, I wanted to know what other countries received, if anything for maternity leave. Here’s what I found. I was blown away.

photo credit: Children't Museum of Findlay via Google

photo credit: Children’t Museum of Findlay via Google

United States of America: 12 weeks unpaid leave. Papua New Guinea also does not have paid leave.

Iceland: 3 months of paid leave at 80% of their income

Germany: 14 weeks of paid leave at 100% of their income

Japan: 14 weeks of paid leave at 67% of their income

New Zealand: 14 weeks paid leave, 38 weeks unpaid. The paid leave is 100% of their income

Switzerland: 14 weeks paid leave at 80% of their income

Belgium: 15 weeks of paid leave. They split it up a little differently. 82% for the first 30 days and then 75% for the rest of the maternity leave

Finland: 105 days at 70% of their income. Paid maternity leave starts at 50 days before your due date and the continues for 4 months after giving birth. Finland also has a system call Paternal Allowance, this allows the ment to take time off work as well.

France: 16 weeks at 100% of their income. Postpartum leave is taken very seriously in France. This 16 weeks is broken up 6 weeks BEFORE birth and 10 weeks AFTER. If the family has more than 2 kids, the Mum can take an additional 2.5 years for job protected family leave. If you have two or more kids, the family is entitled to cash payments from the government.

Spain: 16 weeks at 100% of their income

Greece: 119 days at 50% of their income

Australia: 18 weeks are paid but can take up to a year off. The % at which they received was very unclear.  It is not called maternity leave, it’s call parental leave, meaning either Mum or Dad can take the time off.

Portugal: 120 – 150 days. 100% for 120 days and 80% of the income for 150 days

Poland: 20 weeks at 100% of their income

Russia: 140 days at 100% of their income

Italy: 5 months at 80% of their income

Ireland: 26 weeks at 80% of their income

Croatia: 52 weeks at 100% of their income

Denmark: 52 weeks at 100% of their income

United Kingdom: 52 weeks at 90% of their income

Sweden: 420 days at 80% of their income

Interesting. I know i have learnt a few things.

While Canada isn’t the best, it’s most certainly not the worst. Still not happy with the 55% but it’s better than nothing.

xoxo Ashley

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