Swedish Dads Photographic Exhibition

When, local time: 
Friday, 30 June 2017 - 6:00pm to Wednesday, 12 July 2017 - 7:00pm
France, Paris
Type of Event: 

The Swedish Delegation to the OECD and UNESCO requests the pleasure of your company at the inauguration of the photo exhibition "Swedish Dads"

on Friday, 30 June 2017 at 6pm

with the participation of State Secretary Ms Helene Öberg, Swedish Ministry of Education and Research and Assistant Director-General Mr Eric Falt, UNESCO.

UNESCO, Foyer, Room 1
7 Place de Fontenoy, Paris, 75007
Sweden has one of the most generous parental leave systems in the world.

The current system enables parents to stay at home with their child for a total of 480 days, while receiving an allowance from the state. Ninety of these days are allotted to each parent.

The purpose of this allocation is to promote gender equality. In order to encourage men and women to share their parental leave more equally, a so-called ‘equality bonus’ has also been introduced. The more days divided equally between parents, the higher the bonus.

In spite of this generous allowance and unique bonus, only a fraction of Sweden’s fathers use all their days of parental leave. Only fourteen per cent of parents choose to share the days equally.

This photo essay is based on portraits of dads who belong to that small percentage who choose to stay at home with their child for at least six months.

Photography by Johan Bävman