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United States only developed country with no national paid leave policy for parents

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European economies   The report ranks OECD and EU countries

Bulgaria ranks third among the members of the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the European Union in terms of the duration of parental leave at full pay, a UNICEF report says.

Produced by UNICEF's Office of Research Innocenti, the report ranks OECD and EU countries from the point of view of national family-friendly policies.

These policies include the duration of parental leave at full pay equivalent, and childcare services for children between 0-6 years old.

Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Estonia and Portugal offer the best family-friendly policies among 31 rich countries with available data.

Switzerland, Greece, Cyprus, United Kingdom and Ireland rank the lowest.

UNICEF advocates for at least six months of paid leave for parents, and for universal access to quality, affordable childcare from birth to children's entry into the first grade of school.

Only half of the countries offer at least six months of leave at full pay for mothers.

Estonia offers mothers the longest duration of leave at full pay at 85 weeks, followed by Hungary (72 weeks) and Bulgaria (65 weeks).

The United States is the only country included in the analysis with no national paid leave policy for mothers or fathers.


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