Paid Maternity Leave Around The World

The allowances behind taking leave from work vary massively all across the world, even company by company, but what are parents entitled to by local law when they’re due to have a child?

As an example, the USA currently doesn’t have a countrywide parental leave law, leaving a lot of employees at the mercy of their employers or state law, whereas countries such as Estonia and Lithuania have 20 and 18 weeks of entitled parental leave respectively, with 100% of their salary countrywide.


Looking at the maternity leave laws in each country, we were able to find how long parents were entitled to leave employment when it came to having a child. 

We also collected data regarding the percentage of income new parents earn while on leave. 

In countries that don’t strictly have a maternity Leave law, the next best applicable policy was taken.

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