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How Long Is Paid Parental Leave Around the World?

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You’ve just welcomed the newest addition to your family. You’re elated but also totally exhausted. You bring the baby home, gently place your bundle of joy in a crib, then change your clothes and run your fingers through your hair, getting ready to go to work.

If you’re in the United States, you will likely have to return to your job shortly after you or your partner gives birth—sometimes the very next day! To most other people across the world, that idea sounds preposterous. How are you going to bond with your child? Can you really give your best work performance when you’ve just gone through the most important (and quite physically demanding) experience in your life?

In some countries, employers are required by law to give their workers paid parental leave. Insider Inc. used data from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to create the infographic below, which shows how much time off parents get around the world. Do you see your country’s flag on the chart?

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