Women leading the five parties in the coalition government, in Finland, have just passed a new gender-neutral policy for parents of newborn children.
Finland's government has announced a new policy — designed to be gender-neutral — that will grant almost 7 months of paid leave each to parents.— NPR (@NPR) February 7, 2020
Parents who are pregnant also can receive 1 month of pregnancy allowance.https://t.co/cwLPaD4gKj
The Finnish government, led by 34-year-old Prime Minister Sanna Marin, just introduced a policy of equalized paid leave for both parents of a newborn child.
This means, both mothers and fathers of an infant will be granted seven months maternity and paternity leave, respectively.
So, a cumulative of 14 months of paid leave will be granted to both parents which is great news. The new policy will come into effect sometime around September in 2021.
Apart from that, a pregnant parent will also be given one month of pregnancy allowance before the child is born.
Under the new policy, parents will also be given the choice to transfer 69 days from their own leave to their partner if they wish to.
And, if you are a single parent in Finland, you'll be able to use all 14 months for yourself. Even Twitterati is impressed with the new policy. Take a look.
i may move to Finland. if they take me— FDR 🗯 (@zuhbeer) February 7, 2020
This will be so wonderful for the babies!— Marcia Slosson (@MarciaSlosson) February 7, 2020
Nice— 69 (@sixtyninebot69) February 11, 2020
Finland values its people.— Saturn (@SSTurnbull) February 7, 2020
Very very lucky Finnish Children. Bodes well for the future of that country!— PögnandDestrier (@PognandDestrier) February 7, 2020
This move is highly commendable. Introduction of such policies in Finland is probably one of the reasons why this country is termed as the happiest country in the world.