Paid Maternity Leave

Based on a comparison of 34 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 USA with 0.000 weeks, Australia with 6.00 weeks and Portugal with 6.40 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.

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Countries Unit 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Australia weeks                                                       6.00 6.00 6.00 6.00 6.00    
Austria weeks                                                       16.0 16.0 16.0 16.0 16.0    
Belgium weeks                                                       15.0 15.0 15.0 15.0 15.0    
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    
France weeks                                                       16.0 16.0 16.0 16.0 16.0    
Germany weeks                                                       14.0 14.0 14.0 14.0 14.0    
Greece weeks                                                       17.0 17.0 17.0 17.0 17.0    
Hungary weeks                                                       24.0 24.0 24.0 24.0 24.0    
Iceland weeks                                                       13.0 13.0 13.0 13.0 13.0    
Ireland weeks                                                       42.0 42.0 42.0 42.0 42.0    
Italy weeks                                                       20.0 20.0 20.0 20.0 20.0    
Japan weeks                                                       14.0 14.0 14.0 14.0 14.0    
Luxembourg weeks                                                       16.0 16.0 16.0 16.0 16.0    
Mexico weeks                                                       12.0 12.0 12.0 12.0 12.0    
Netherlands weeks                                                       16.0 16.0 16.0 16.0 16.0    
New Zealand weeks                                                       14.0 14.0 14.0 14.0 14.0    
Norway weeks                                                       9.00 9.00 9.00 9.00 9.00    
Poland weeks                                                       18.0 18.0 20.0 22.0 22.0    
Portugal weeks                                                       17.1 17.1 6.40 6.40 6.40    
Russia weeks ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...    
Slovakia weeks                                                       28.0 28.0 28.0 28.0 34.0    
Slovenia weeks ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...    
South Africa weeks ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ...    
South Korea weeks                                                       12.9 12.9 12.9 12.9 12.9    
Spain weeks                                                       16.0 16.0 16.0 16.0 16.0    
Sweden weeks                                                       8.60 8.60 8.60 8.60 8.60    
Switzerland weeks                                                       14.0 14.0 14.0 14.0 14.0    
Turkey weeks                                                       16.0 16.0 16.0 16.0 16.0    
United Kingdom weeks                                                       52.0 52.0 52.0 52.0 52.0    
USA weeks                                                       0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000    
World weeks                                                       17.6 17.6 17.3 17.3 17.5