Total weeks of paid maternity leave available to mothers in OECD countries

The United States remains the only country in the developed world that does not mandate employers offer paid leave for new mothers, according to the OECD.

New mothers in Estonia, Slovak Republic, Finland, and Hungary for instance, are entitled to up to three years worth of paid leave.

Mothers in the United Kingdom, for example, get a whole year (52 weeks) of maternity leave. Thirty-nine of those weeks are partially paid.

Once again for emphasis: American moms are entitled to zero weeks of paid leave under federal law.

These countries offer the most generous maternity leave.

Total weeks of paid maternity leave available to mothers in OECD countries:

  1. Estonia: 166 weeks
  2. Slovak Republic: 164 weeks
  3. Finland: 161 weeks
  4. Hungary: 160 weeks
  5. Bulgaria: 110.4 weeks
  6. Czech Republic: 110 weeks
  7. Latvia: 94 weeks
  8. Norway: 91 weeks
  9. South Korea: 64.9 weeks
  10. Lithuania: 62 weeks
  11. Austria: 60 weeks
  12. Germany: 58 weeks
  13. Japan: 58 weeks
  14. Romania: 56.7 weeks
  15. Croatia: 56 weeks
  16. Sweden: 55.7 weeks
  17. Slovenia: 52.1 weeks
  18. Canada: 52 weeks
  19. Poland: 52 weeks
  20. Denmark: 50 weeks
  21. Italy: 47.7 weeks
  22. Greece: 43 weeks
  23. France: 42 weeks
  24. Luxembourg: 42 weeks
  25. United Kingdom: 39 weeks
  26. Belgium: 32.3 weeks
  27. Portugal: 30.1 weeks
  28. Chile: 30 weeks
  29. Iceland: 26 weeks
  30. Ireland: 26 weeks
  31. Australia: 18 weeks
  32. New Zealand: 18 weeks
  33. Cyprus: 18 weeks
  34. Malta: 18 weeks
  35. Costa Rica: 17.3 weeks
  36. Netherland: 16 weeks
  37. Turkey: 16 weeks
  38. Spain: 16 weeks
  39. Israel: 14 weeks
  40. Switzerlan: 14 weeks
  41. Mexico: 12 weeks
  42. United States: 0

Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj

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Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CEO and editorial director at CEOWORLD magazine, the leading global business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, top managers, company directors, investors, senior executives, business leaders, high net worth individuals, and the most globally powerful men and women.
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