Best and Worst Countries for Maternity Leave

How good is paid Maternity leave in your country? Take a look at this list of best and worst countries for paid maternity leave from creditcardcompare.

10 Best Countries for Paid Maternity Leave

  1. Sweden – up to 80% of average wage for up to 480 days (for mums or dads) & expected to share parental leave either in equal halves or greater part dependant on the partners consent
  2. Croatia – 100% of wages for one-year plus for mums
  3. Denmark – up to 100% of wages for 1 year (18 wks for the mums, 2 wks for the dads & the remainder to be split as the parents see fit)
  4. Serbia – up to 100% of wages for 1 year
  5. Bosnia & Herzegovina – up to 100% of wages for 1 year
  6. Albania – up to 80% of wages for 1 year
  7. Norway – pays up to 100% of wages for 42-52 weeks
  8. UK – up to 90% of wages for 39 weeks & 2-weeks paternity leave
  9. Iceland – up to 80% of wages for 36 weeks
  10. Ukraine – up to 100% of wages for 18 weeks & a child’s carer can request leave any time before their charge reaches the age of 3

9 Worst Countries for Paid Maternity Leave

  1. United States – pays nothing for 12 weeks off
  2. Australia – pays nothing for one year off
  3. Kuwait – pays 100% of wages for 10 weeks off
  4. Bangladesh – pays 100% of wages for 12 weeks off
  5. Rwanda, Somalia & Tanzania – pays for 12 weeks off (similar to most African countries)
  6. Peru, Columbia & Ecuador – pays 100% of wages for 12 weeks off (similar to most South American countries)
  7. Fiji – pays a flat rate for 12 weeks off
  8. New Zealand – pays up to 80% of wages for 14 weeks off
  9. Afghanistan – pays 100% of wages for 13 weeks off

Here is a document I started that includes a little more detail. This may not be 100% accurate so if you find a mistake edit the document.

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3 thoughts on “Best and Worst Countries for Maternity Leave

  1. Natey
    March 16, 2012 at 7:16 am

    You missed Canada. 1 year off, paid. Should be in the top 10.

  2. June 14, 2013 at 12:25 am

    Your info about Macedonia is wrong. The duration of the maternity leave is 9 months, you got that right, but the moms their paychecks in full (100%).

  3. June 15, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Thanks Jonny. I will update the spreadsheet :)

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