And What About the Dads?

Any day now Steen Broust Nielsen, 36, is due to become a new father. Although the Denmark-based marketing director is looking forward to the new arrival, he will be taking his two weeks' paid paternity leave in a haphazard fashion. "We have an interim report coming up, so I can't possibly stay away too long," he says. Perhaps "half a day here and half a day there, when it's convenient."

Despite the fact that in addition to those two paid paternity weeks Danish law allows both parents to share 32 weeks' state benefit-supported leave during the first nine...

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