Best Countries to Raise a Family
America, the greatest country on earth! In regards to some aspects. No country is perfect, and America is far from perfect when it comes to childcare. Did you know that the United States is the only first world, an industrialized country without paid maternity leave?Having children is optional- even the most religious couple can be completely celibate. But if they choose not to be, as do most couples, someone has to take care of the baby when it pops out. And still have a job, an income afterward.Other countries besides the United States are more aware of this. And a certain country, that you’re probably reading this in, could learn a few things about treating its future. And the progenitors of its future, male and female alike.
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Sweden is known for being partly socialist, and its high taxes! Taxes that are well spent and invested. Swedes get free college and healthcare. Plus they don’t have to contend with traffic as much, plus the infrastructure is pretty awesome.Moms and dads get more than a year of full paid maternity or paternity leave. Babies require several sets of loving, caring hands. Plus other perks unheard of in the United States. Who couldn’t put up with a long, cold winter, and higher taxes for that?
Denmark is the happiest country on earth for a reason. Taxes are high, but if you’re a citizen you’re set up for life. Denmark has 100% paid 52-week maternity leave, and good quality childcare. And once the kids are grown up they get free college, healthcare, and a pension for life.Did you know that it can take up to six months for someone to look at your application? Denmark does, which is why you get unemployment for up to two years.Of course you still have to get a job eventually, and actually, work. However, it is far from a hostile environment.
Sweden and Denmark aren’t the only countries to realize that benefitting families benefit the economy. In Norway, both parents get a full year of paid parental leave. This gives parents time to recover, to get rejuvenated before going back into the work force.A more productive, happier workforce with a work/life balance is a better workforce. It’s nice to feel like you aren’t insulting your boss by reproducing.
No expat has anything bad to say about Finland. It has the best education system in the world. Which is just one reason why it’s the best country in the world to be a mother. It's also a great country to be a father. All citizens are paid to take parental leave, along with their normal pay during parental leave.All Nordic countries have similar benefits for parents and families, but moms get a free maternity package, a second baby shower. It’s probably to convince you to stay because it’s cold, but you can never have enough diapers.
Canada isn’t as generous as its former visitors across the ocean, but it is still very progressive. A law that mandated paid parental leave recently passed. Moms and dads can split up and stretch the leave for up to 18 months.Canada also has free healthcare, much cheaper college, and is closer. Giving people another reason besides a recent election to head for the border.The world has plenty of babies, too many probably. But in the future, their parents will die. And there will be openings. Looking after them and their parents are essential to any economic model.So head north! Are these colder countries probably trying to convince people to move there and stay, make more babies? Yes, but countries need a well-educated, looked after, happy, future. Not everyone has or will have a family, but the cliché is true. Families are the bedrock of society.