Cross-country comparisons

Sources Used 

The main sources used in this review of leave polices and research are the country notes prepared by the members of the International Network on Leave Policies and Research, following a common format. Two countries that have not been included in previous reviews –Bulgaria and China – have had a new country note prepared. For countries that have appeared in previous reviews, country notes are reviewed and revised each year by authors. For 2017, all country notes have been edited by three of the network’s coordinators: Sonja Blum, Alison Koslowski and Peter Moss, who also record their thanks to Alexandra Macht for her invaluable editorial assistance.

The expertise and work of the country note authors is gratefully acknowledged.

In addition, the ‘Relationship between leave and ECEC entitlements’ table and pages draw upon two comparative sources of demographic, economic and social data: the OECD Family Database and TransMonee. Full details are given at the end of the table on each page.

General note: in the comparative tables which follow, a month is calculated to be 4.3 weeks; while 4 weeks would be 0.9 months. For purposes of comparison, national currencies are also shown in euro. Currency conversion was carried on a single day (21st June 2017) and where possible the Yahoo Currency Convertor was used, and for those countries not available with Yahoo, the XE Universal Currency Convertor was used.


Maternity Leave

Paternity Leave

Parental Leave

Other measures

Total leave available

Leave and ECEC entitlements

Leave Policy Changes