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Sweden takes things even further. Swedish couples can share 16 months of parental leave, providing that it’s split so that one of them — normally the man — takes at least two months. The government pays 80 percent of the homebound parent’s wages, up to a ceiling, and sometimes employers pay more on top of that.


AP writers Cassandra Vinograd in London, Karl Ritter in Stockholm, and Robert H. Reid in Berlin contributed to this story.