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10 of the best countries to work in

By: Bryan Nelson on Dec. 9, 2011, 8:50 a.m.
Sweden has a very generous parental leave policy.

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Sweden is widely acknowledged as offering the most generous parental leave benefits in the world. As many as 480 days, or 16 months, of paid parental leave is offered to workers, 60 days of which are reserved for the father. Furthermore, those 480 days can be spent however the parents see fit over the first eight years of their child's life. Sweden also offers a generous 36 days of paid vacation every year, and just makes the cut for the top 10 countries in the OECD with the best work/life balance.