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Icelandic parents struggle with parental leave

The Icelandic government has downsized its’ parental leave to such an extend that fewer fathers can afford to use their rights.

”In the beginning I was a little afraid, but my children need me just as much as they need their mother. Staying at home with them made me realize that," says Jón Gunnarson. Photo: Cecilie Thorup
”In the beginning I was a little afraid, but my children need me just as much as they need their mother. Staying at home with them made me realize that,” says Jón Gunnarson. Photo: Cecilie Thorup

By Cecilie Thorup

“The system forces me to take my paternity leave but then at the same time they can’t financially secure me and my family. Ultimately it harms my daughter because she has to be sent into daycare sooner than otherwise,” the Icelandic father Jón Ingí Gunnarsson says.

Read more about the Icelandic parental system HERE.