Which Country Grants the Longest Paid Maternity Leave?

Paid Maternity Leave (weeks), 2013
Labour | December 2, 2018
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Based on a comparison of 33 countries in 2013, United Kingdom ranked the highest in Paid Maternity Leave with 52.0 weeks followed by Ireland and Slovakia. On the other end of the scale was Australia with 6.00 weeks, Portugal with 6.40 weeks and Sweden with 8.60 weeks.

Average Paid Maternity Leave reached 17.7 weeks in 2013 in the World. This is 0.565 % more than in the previous year and 6.78 % more than 10 years ago.

Historically, average Paid Maternity Leave reached an all time high of 17.7 weeks in 2013 and an all time low of 11.2 weeks in 1970. The average annual growth amounted to 1.07 % since 1970.

Data for more countries are available at Paid Maternity Leave indicator page.

Paid Maternity Leave Unit 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Canada weeks 17.0 17.0 17.0 17.0 17.0
Czech Republic weeks 28.0 28.0 28.0 28.0 28.0
Denmark weeks 18.0 18.0 18.0 18.0 18.0
Estonia weeks ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Finland weeks 17.5 17.5 17.5 17.5 17.5
Greece weeks 17.0 17.0 17.0 17.0 17.0
Hungary weeks 24.0 24.0 24.0 24.0 24.0
Ireland weeks 42.0 42.0 42.0 42.0 42.0
Italy weeks 20.0 20.0 20.0 20.0 20.0
Poland weeks 18.0 18.0 20.0 22.0 22.0
Russia weeks ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Slovakia weeks 28.0 28.0 28.0 28.0 34.0
South Africa weeks ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...
Spain weeks 16.0 16.0 16.0 16.0 16.0
United Kingdom weeks 52.0 52.0 52.0 52.0 52.0