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Maternity Leave Policy Around The World — US Is Not The Best.

Have you ever wondered what the maternity or parental leave policies are in the rest of the world? If you are in the United States, then there is a 95% chance that it is better than what you are currently getting.

In fact, about 2/3rds of the countries in the world pay out 100% of your salary for a given period of time. May of these countries have the government picking up the bill, according to the International Labour Organization

Most countries allow for paid leave for 12 to 16 weeks. Australia allows for up to 1 year but it comes at the price of not being paid. The US hits the norm at 12 weeks but that too is without any guaranteed pay.

Studies have shown that there are benefits to keeping new parents happy by retaining them through leave. It often costs as much as 50 to 200% of an employees salary to replace them. Google extended their leave policy from 3 months to 5 and the new mother fallout rate dropped by half.

While it may seem counter-intuitive to pay for a new parent’s time off to spend with their child, it does end up making good economic sense for the employer with the added benefit of having a happier family.

Country Length of Leave % of Wages
Afghanistan 90 days 100
Algeria 14 weeks 100
Angola 90 days 100
Antigua/Barbuda 13 weeks 60
Argentina 90 days 100
Australia 1 year 0
Austria 16 weeks 100
Bahamas 8 weeks 100
Bahrain 45 days 100
Bangladesh 12 weeks 100
Barbados 12 weeks 100
Belarus 126 days 100
Belgium 15 weeks 82
Belize 12 weeks 80
Benin 14 weeks 100
Bolivia 60 days 100
Botswana 12 weeks 25
Brazil 120 days 100
Bulgaria 120-180 days 100
Burkina Faso 14 weeks 100
Burundi 12 weeks 50
Cambodia 90 days 50
Cameroon 14 weeks 100
Canada 1 year 60
Central African Rep. 14 weeks 50
Chad 14 weeks 50
Chile 18 weeks 100
China 90 days 100
Colombia 12 weeks 100
Comoros 14 weeks 100
Congo 15 weeks 100
Costa Rica 4 months 100
Côte d’Ivoire 14 weeks 100
Cuba 18 weeks 100
Cyprus 16 weeks 75
Dem. Rep. of the Congo 14 weeks 67
Denmark 18 weeks 100
Dominica 12 weeks 60
Dominican Republic 12 weeks 100
Ecuador 12 weeks 100
Egypt 50 days 100
El Salvador 12 weeks 75
Equatorial Guinea 12 weeks 75
Ethiopia 90 days 100
Finland 105 days 80
France 16-26 weeks 100
Gabon 14 weeks 100
Germany 14 weeks 100
Ghana 12 weeks 50
Greece 16 weeks 75
Grenada 3 months 100
Guatemala 12 weeks 100
Guinea 14 weeks 100
Guinea-Bissau 60 days 100
Guyana 13 weeks 70
Haiti 12 weeks 100
Honduras 10 weeks 100
Hungary 24 weeks 100
India 12 weeks 100
Indonesia 3 months 100
Iran 90 days 66.7
Iraq 62 days 100
Ireland 14 weeks 70
Israel 12 weeks 75
Italy 5 months 80
Jamaica 12 weeks 100
Japan 14 weeks 60
Jordan 10 weeks 100
Kenya 2 months 100
Korea, Republic of 60 days 100
Kuwait 70 days 100
Laos 90 days 100
Lebanon 40 days 100
Lesotho 12 weeks 0
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya 50 days 50
Liechtenstein 8 weeks 80
Luxembourg 16 weeks 100
Madagascar 14 weeks 100
Malaysia 60 days 100
Mali 14 weeks 100
Malta 13 weeks 100
Mauritania 14 weeks 100
Mauritius 12 weeks 100
Mexico 12 weeks 100
Morocco 12 weeks 100
Mozambique 60 days 100
Myanmar 12 weeks 66.7
Nepal 52 days 100
Netherlands 16 weeks 100
New Zealand 14 weeks 0
Nicaragua 12 weeks 60
Niger 14 weeks 50
Nigeria 12 weeks 50
Norway 18 weeks 100
Pakistan 12 weeks 100
Panama 14 weeks 100
Papua New Guinea 6 weeks 0
Paraguay 12 weeks 50
Peru 90 days 100
Philippines 60 days 100
Poland 16-18 weeks 100
Portugal 98 days 100
Qatar 40-60 days 100
Romania 112 days 50
Russia 140 days 100
Rwanda 12 weeks 67
Saint Lucia 13 weeks 65
Sao Tome/Principe 70 days 100
Saudi Arabia 10 weeks 50 or 100
Senegal 14 weeks 100
Singapore 8 weeks 100
Solomon Islands 12 weeks 25
Somalia 14 weeks 50
South Africa 12 weeks 45
Spain 16 weeks 100
Sri Lanka 12 weeks 100
Sudan 8 weeks 100
Swaziland 12 weeks 0
Sweden 14 weeks 75%
Switzerland 8 weeks 100
Syria 75 days 100
Tanzania 12 weeks 100
Thailand 90 days 100
The Gambia 12 weeks 100
Togo 14 weeks 100
Trinidad/Tobago 13 weeks 100
Tunisia 30 days 67
Turkey 12 weeks 66.7
Uganda 8 weeks 100
Ukraine 126 days 100
United Arab Emirates 45 days 100
United Kingdom 14-18 weeks 90
United States 12 weeks 0
Uruguay 12 weeks 100
Venezuela 18 weeks 100
Viet Nam 4-6 months 100
Yemen 60 days 100
Zambia 12 weeks 100
Zimbabwe 90 days 60