Working Fathers in Finland

Does the law require paternity leave for new fathers? Yes
What is the total duration of paid paternity leave at the time of delivery? 18 days
What is the wage replacement rate for paternity leave? Flat rate
Who pays for paternity leave? Government
Does the law require parental leave for parents? Yes
Does the law provide for paid or unpaid parental leave? Paid
What is the total duration of parental leave? 215 days
What is the wage replacement rate for parental leave? 100 % of normal wage
Who pays for parental leave? Government
Does the law require that parents with minor children or workers with other family responsibilities be provided with flexible time or part time work options? Yes

More about paternity leave:

Paternity leave is granted to workers for six to twelve weekdays in connection with the confinement and for another six days at a later time (in total 18 days). The paternity leave allowance is also paid for 18 days. Moreover, if the father takes at least 12 working days from the parental allowance of 158 days, he gets additional 12 working days of leave (daddy month). Fathers can take following four types of leave when a child is born:
i. paternity leave for a maximum of 54 days paternity leave of 18 days and daddy month
ii. Parental Leave of 158 days after expiry of maternity leave (may share with he mother)
iii. child care leave after parental leave until a child reaches the age of 3 years; and
iv. part-time child care leave if a workers returns to work part time
Paternity Leave allowance is equal to the maternity benefit and it depends on taxable earnings. Its minimum amount is 24.02 euros per day.

Source: §1, Chapter 4 of the Employment Contract Act; §9.7-10 of Health Insurance Act 2004; www.kela.fi/web/en/paternal-leave

More about parental leave:

Parental Leave is provided under the Health Insurance Act 2004. Parental Leave starts immediately after maternity leave. Its length is 158 week days and can be availed by either of the parents. Parental Leave increases by 60 days for each child, starting from the second child. So a couple with twins is entitled to 218 days of parental leave. The parental leave can also be taken in part-time. Parental Leave allowance is equal to the maternity benefit and it depends on taxable earnings. Its minimum amount is 24.02 euros per day.

Source: www.kela.fi/web/en/parental-leave_parental-allowance