Declining birth rate: Finland to extend paternity leave to 7 months

Declining birth rate: Finland to extend paternity leave to 7 months

- In a bid to tackle its declining birth rate, Finland says it will extend paternity leave to seven months

- The government is giving new fathers the same amount of paid time off work as new mothers

- Minister of health and social affairs, Aino-Kaisa Pekonen, says the move will also boost gender equality

Finland's woman-led centre-left government has said it will extend paternity leave to seven months to give new fathers the same amount of paid time off work as new mothers.

The disclosure was made on Wednesday, February 5, by the minister of health and social affairs, Aino-Kaisa Pekonen, Yahoo News reports.

Legit.ng gathers that pregnant women are also entitled to a month of pregnancy leave before the expected date of birth.

According to Pekonen, the aim of the reform is to improve gender equality and to boost a declining birth rate in the country.

She said: "This enables better equality between parents and diversity among families."

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In a country of around 5.5 million people, the number of newborns fell by around a fifth between 2010 and 2018 to just 47,577 babies.

Pekonen said the birth rates in Sweden and Iceland increased after offering more leave for fathers.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a couple in Wisconsin that has a set of triplets beat incredible odds by naturally conceiving another set of triplets and delivering the babies after 15 months of welcoming the first set.

The couple identified as Tyana Stanton and Jarrel Covington have a daughter named Kyhlee, who is their first child.

The couple lost one child during the second triplet pregnancy and welcomed twins instead of triplets.

Tyana is a twin and also has twin brothers. She welcomed her first set of triplets in October 2018. The set of twins were born in January 2020.

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According to the couple, they got on birth control after the first triplets arrived, but Tyana got pregnant six months later.

Tyana recalled when the doctor told her she was going to give birth to triplets yet again: "I kept saying 'no, you're looking at my records from before.'"

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