Fathers in the Nordic countries are unique, spending probably more time with their children in their early years than almost anywhere in the world. In Sweden, fathers were first entitled to parental leave in 1974. After sluggish uptake in the first two decades, today a clear majority of all men and women in Sweden believe that parental leave should be split equally between both parents.
Sweden’s family-friendly policies are among the best in the world, but only a small proportion of parents actually divide their available leave time at home equally. Fathers take about a third of the total parental benefits and the lion’s share of that is claimed by the university-educated middle class.
“Best” apparently means something people don;t do.