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Fatherhood in the Nordic Welfare states: Comparing care policies and practice

Guðný Björk Eydal and Tine Rostgaard


The five Nordic countries - Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden -are well known for their extensive welfare system and gender equality which provides both parents with opportunities to earn and care for their children. In this topical book, expert scholars from the Nordic countries, as well as the UK and the US, demonstrate how modern fatherhood is supported in the Nordic setting through family and social policies, and how these contribute to shaping and influencing the images, roles and practices of fathers in a diversity of family settings and variations of fatherhoods. This compreh ... More

Keywords: fatherhood, social policy, Nordic countries, family policy and parental leave policy, gender equality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781447310471
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447310471.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Guðný Björk Eydal, editor
University of Iceland, Iceland

Tine Rostgaard, editor

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One Introduction

Guðný Björk Eydal and Tine Rostgaard

Theme 1: Fathers, families and family policies

Two Fathering

Tine Rostgaard and Rasmus Juul Møberg

Three Nordic family law

Hrefna Friðriksdóttir

Four Fathers’ rights to family cash benefits in Nordic countries

Mia Hakovirta, Anita Haataja, Guðný Björk Eydal and Tine Rostgaard

Theme 2: Fathers in everyday life – culture, work and care

Five Time use of Finnish fathers – do institutions matter?

Minna Ylikännö, Hannu Pääkkönen and Mia Hakovirta

Theme 3: Constructing fatherhood in different family settings

Nine Fathering as a learning process

Steen Baagøe Nielsen and Allan Westerling

Theme 4: Caring fathers and paid parental leave policies

Sixteen Parental leave use for different fathers

Ann-Zofie Duvander and Mats Johansson

Theme 5: International reflections on findings

Eighteen Nordic fathers

Margaret O’Brien


Conclusions: ‘What is constructed can be transformed’1

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