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Finland gives parents 7-month parental leave






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Parents in Finland will get seven months to spend with their babies. This is almost double the amount of the current leave. Each parent will get 164 days and give up to 69 of their days to their partner. Single parents will get 328 days. Current parental leave gives four months to mothers and two months to fathers.

Finland said the rules will help families. The government explained it wants to put the child "at the centre of family benefits and promote wellbeing". It wants to stop falling birth rates. Last year saw the fewest babies born in the country since 1868. Sweden gives each parent 240 days. The USA has no national paid parental leave.

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