5 Things That Make Norway Family-Friendly
Parent-friendly policies are just one part of Norway’s welfare state. Everyone is covered by public health insurance, meaning free healthcare at the point of access. The country offers free public schools as well as higher education, and workers rights and unions are strong. If you lose your job or fall ill, the welfare system has your back. The Norwegian society invests in its residents and has a positive attitude towards family life. Here’s what makes Norway a family-friendly country:
1. Flexible parental leave
Norway’s system is flexible and generous. Mothers can take 35 weeks at full pay or 45 weeks at 80% pay, and fathers can take between zero and 10 weeks depending on their wives’ income. Together, parents can receive an additional 46 weeks at full pay or 56 weeks at 80% of their income. Fathers are more or less obliged to take a minimum of two months of parental leave. Due to the system companies accept that the father won’t be at work for some time and everybody finds that normal.