Working Fathers in Sweden

Does the law require paternity leave for new fathers? Yes
What is the total duration of paid paternity leave at the time of delivery? 10 days
What is the wage replacement rate for paternity leave? 80 % of normal wage
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? 480 days
What is the wage replacement rate for parental leave? 80 % 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:

There is a provision of temporary leave in connection with a child birth or adoption. It is referred to as paternity leave. It is designed to be used to attend delivery, care for other children when mother is at the hospital, be in the hospital at the time of childbirth and participate in childcare when the mother comes home. Paternity Leave duration is 10 days per child. The leave is doubled (20 days) for twins and tripled (30 days) for 3 kids. This leave can be used at any time during the first 60 days after the childbirth. During the term of paternity leave, workers are eligible for eighty percent of earnings up to a ceiling.

Source: tillfällig föräldrapenning i samband med barns födelse eller adoption

More about parental leave:

The system of parental leave in Sweden includes maternity leave, full or partial parental leave in the period until a child reaches eight years of age, and leave for the temporary care of a sick child. The parental leave is managed by the Parental Leave Act while the regulations on parental benefit are found in National Insurance Act. Parental leave can be taken on full or part time basis and with or without parental benefits. However, regardless of the parental benefit, parents (one at a time) are entitled to full parental leave during the child’s first eighteen months and up to one quarter leave until the child is eight years old or has completed first year at school. There are 480 days of paid leave per family. 60 days are reserved for each parent (mother’s quota and father’s quota). The remaining 360 days are distributed equally between parents  however these can be transferred from one parent to another. In order to reduce the differences between mothers and fathers in exercise of parental leave, the government has proposed an amendment to the legislation which would increase the number of non-transferrable days (for each parent) to 90 from the currently 60 days.

Parents can also reduce their normal working hours by one-eighth to three quarters in the period until the child reaches eight years of age to the extent that they have entitlement to parental benefit. Employees wishing to take parental leave must give a notice to their employer at least two months before the intended date of start of leave or, in other circumstances, as soon as practicable. The parental leave, when taken as full days, must not cause a substantial disturbance to the employer’s activity.

Employer is not required to pay employees during parental leave. There is a statutory parental benefit. The total entitlement is 480 days per child (increased by 180 days per child in the case of multiple births).

The parental benefit for the first 390 days is equivalent to parent’s sickness benefit which is equal to 77.6% of the wages (maximum benefit during first 390 days is SEK 944). For the remaining 90 days, the payment is SEK 180 per day.

Source: The Parental Leave Act 1995