Norwegian Family Minister wants to extend parental leave

Kjell Ingolf RopstadPhoto: Berit Roald / NTB

Minister Kjell Ingolf Ropstad wants to increase the father’s leave after the birth of a child, extend parental leave, and remove the threefold division. 

“To have more opportunity to choose for yourself – whether it is to be able to take a little more time around childbirth or to be able to take 50 or 60% leave and combine it with either studies or work – we think that is something the families want,” Christian Democrat leader Kjell Ingolf Ropstad told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK).

Ropstad, who is also the Minister for Children and Families, is now in favor of a number of parental leave changes.

Among other things, he wants to increase the paternal leave after birth from two to three weeks and extend the parental leave by four weeks with 100% salary and five weeks with 80% salary. 

In addition, he wants to reverse the threefold division so that families have more power to decide what suits them. Ten weeks for fathers, but with the possibility of transfer.

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