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Fatherhood in the Nordic Welfare statesComparing care policies and practice$
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Guðný Björk Eydal and Tine Rostgaard

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781447310471

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447310471.001.0001

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Caring fathers and parental leave in prosperous times and times of crisis:

Caring fathers and parental leave in prosperous times and times of crisis:

the case of Iceland

Chapter:
(p.325) Fifteen Caring fathers and parental leave in prosperous times and times of crisis
Source:
Fatherhood in the Nordic Welfare states
Author(s):

Guðný Björk Eydal

Ingólfur V. Gíslason

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447310471.003.0015

In the year 2000 the Icelandic parental leave was revolutionized, extended from 6 to 9 months, financial compensation changed from low flat-rate benefits to 80% of salary and the leave was divided so that each parent had 3 non-transferable months and they can share 3. This article explores the origins of this policy, how Icelandic fathers have made use of their rights and how socioeconomic factors differentiate fathers. The effects of the severe financial crisis that hit Iceland in 2008 on take up of parental leave, are examined. Finally, we discuss the remarkable political and social consensus around this reform and the way it still guides policy making in the area.

Keywords:   parental leave, caring fathers, economic crisis, policy making, gender equality

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