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The 10 best countries to work in

By: Bryan Nelson on Dec. 9, 2011, 8:50 a.m.
village of Reine in Lofoten, Norway

Photo: Petr Šmerkl/Wikimedia Commons

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Norway is a world leader when it comes to offering substantial parental leave to workers. A parent is given as much as 47 weeks at 100 percent salary, or 57 weeks at 80 percent salary. Nine weeks are reserved for the mother, 12 weeks (the "daddy's quota") are reserved for the father, and the parents can share the rest. Norwegian workers are also given a healthy 35 days of paid vacation per year. Norway has one of the strongest GDPs in the world, so they must be doing something right!