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What are the Best and Worst Countries for Paid Maternity Leaves?

World Map depicting Paid Maternity Leaves per Country

Paid maternity leave is a privilege that is granted to would-be-mothers or new mothers. This gives a woman, the liberty of taking a leave from office for a particular amount of time, immediately before or after child birth, and still get her monthly salary.

Every mother needs to recover emotionally and physically after giving birth to her child and maternity leave enables her to do the same, without stressing about her finances. An infant needs the care of mother the most, and via paid leaves, she can spend plenty time with her child.

Even though paid maternity leave seems beneficial for expecting and new mothers, not every country is generous enough to grant sufficient amount of leaves. While some nations are quite generous and grant more than a year of paid maternity leaves, there are several countries which do not avail even one.

You might get shocked to know that the United States is one of the worst countries when it comes to paid maternity leaves. According to the World Policy Analysis Center’s data, the country does not provide any paid leave to the mothers in need. Apart from it, many other regions like Marshall Islands, Federates States of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Suriname, and Tonga also do not avail any maternity leaves.

14 weeks of paid leaves are availed to mothers in nations like Afghanistan, Argentina, Bhutan, Cambodia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Mauritius, and Peru. Canada, France, Greece, Iran, Italy, the United Kingdom, Vietnam, and India are some other countries which are quite generous as the leaves range from between 26 weeks to 51.9 weeks, suggesting how mothers can take a leave off work from 6 months to a year and they are still paid.

If you think that is enough, then let us tell you, that there are countries which offer 52 weeks or more paid maternity leaves. One year is a good amount of time for mothers to get back to good health and start working with a fresh balance.

The table below provides information on the paid maternity leaves provided by each nation.

Country  Maternity
Micronesia No paid leave for mothers
Marshall Islands No paid leave for mothers
Nauru No paid leave for mothers
Palau No paid leave for mothers
Papua New Guinea No paid leave for mothers
Suriname No paid leave for mothers
Tonga No paid leave for mothers
United States of America No paid leave for mothers
Afghanistan Less than 14 weeks
Angola Less than 14 weeks
Antigua Less than 14 weeks
Argentina Less than 14 weeks
Bahamas Less than 14 weeks
Bahrain Less than 14 weeks
Barbados Less than 14 weeks
Barbuda Less than 14 weeks
Bhutan Less than 14 weeks
Bolivia Less than 14 weeks
Botswana Less than 14 weeks
Burundi Less than 14 weeks
Cambodia Less than 14 weeks
Cape Verde Less than 14 weeks
Dominica Less than 14 weeks
Dominican Republic Less than 14 weeks
Ecuador Less than 14 weeks
Egypt Less than 14 weeks
El Salvador Less than 14 weeks
Equatorial Guinea Less than 14 weeks
Eritrea Less than 14 weeks
Ethiopia Less than 14 weeks
Fiji Less than 14 weeks
Ghana Less than 14 weeks
Grenada Less than 14 weeks
Guatemala Less than 14 weeks
Guinea-Bissau Less than 14 weeks
Guyana Less than 14 weeks
Haiti Less than 14 weeks
Honduras Less than 14 weeks
Indonesia Less than 14 weeks
Iraq Less than 14 weeks
Jamaica Less than 14 weeks
Jordan Less than 14 weeks
Kenya Less than 14 weeks
Kiribati Less than 14 weeks
North Korea Less than 14 weeks
Kuwait Less than 14 weeks
Lebanon Less than 14 weeks
Lesotho Less than 14 weeks
Liberia Less than 14 weeks
Malawi Less than 14 weeks
Malaysia Less than 14 weeks
Maldives Less than 14 weeks
Mauritius Less than 14 weeks
Mexico Less than 14 weeks
Mozambique Less than 14 weeks
Namibia Less than 14 weeks
Nepal Less than 14 weeks
Nicaragua Less than 14 weeks
Nigeria Less than 14 weeks
Oman Less than 14 weeks
Pakistan Less than 14 weeks
Paraguay Less than 14 weeks
Peru Less than 14 weeks
Philippines Less than 14 weeks
Qatar Less than 14 weeks
Rwanda Less than 14 weeks
Saint Kitts and Nevis Less than 14 weeks
Saint Lucia Less than 14 weeks
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Less than 14 weeks
Samoa Less than 14 weeks
Sao Tome and Principe Less than 14 weeks
Saudi Arabia Less than 14 weeks
Sierra Leone Less than 14 weeks
Solomon Islands Less than 14 weeks
South Sudan Less than 14 weeks
Sri Lanka Less than 14 weeks
Sudan Less than 14 weeks
Swaziland Less than 14 weeks
Tanzania Less than 14 weeks
Thailand Less than 14 weeks
Timor-Leste Less than 14 weeks
Tunisia Less than 14 weeks
Tuvalu Less than 14 weeks
Uganda Less than 14 weeks
United Arab Emirates Less than 14 weeks
Vanuatu Less than 14 weeks
Yemen Less than 14 weeks
Brunei Less than 14 weeks
Singapore Less than 14 weeks
Burma 14 – 25.9 weeks
Laos 14 – 25.9 weeks
Uruguay 14 – 25.9 weeks
Algeria 14 – 25.9 weeks
Andorra 14 – 25.9 weeks
Australia 14 – 25.9 weeks
Bangladesh 14 – 25.9 weeks
Belize 14 – 25.9 weeks
Benin 14 – 25.9 weeks
Brazil 14 – 25.9 weeks
Burkina Faso 14 – 25.9 weeks
Cameroon 14 – 25.9 weeks
Central African Republic 14 – 25.9 weeks
Chad 14 – 25.9 weeks
China 14 – 25.9 weeks
Colombia 14 – 25.9 weeks
Comoros 14 – 25.9 weeks
Congo (Brazzaville) 14 – 25.9 weeks
Congo (Kinshasa) 14 – 25.9 weeks
Costa Rica 14 – 25.9 weeks
Cote D’Ivoire 14 – 25.9 weeks
Cyprus 14 – 25.9 weeks
Djibouti 14 – 25.9 weeks
Gabon 14 – 25.9 weeks
Guinea 14 – 25.9 weeks
Israel 14 – 25.9 weeks
Kazakhstan 14 – 25.9 weeks
Kyrgyzstan 14 – 25.9 weeks
Libya 14 – 25.9 weeks
Liechtenstein 14 – 25.9 weeks
Madagascar 14 – 25.9 weeks
Mali 14 – 25.9 weeks
Malta 14 – 25.9 weeks
Mauritania 14 – 25.9 weeks
Monaco 14 – 25.9 weeks
Morocco 14 – 25.9 weeks
Netherlands 14 – 25.9 weeks
New Zealand 14 – 25.9 weeks
Niger 14 – 25.9 weeks
Panama 14 – 25.9 weeks
Senegal 14 – 25.9 weeks
Seychelles 14 – 25.9 weeks
Somalia 14 – 25.9 weeks
South Africa 14 – 25.9 weeks
Spain 14 – 25.9 weeks
Switzerland 14 – 25.9 weeks
Syria 14 – 25.9 weeks
Togo 14 – 25.9 weeks
Trinidad and Tobago 14 – 25.9 weeks
Turkey 14 – 25.9 weeks
Zambia 14 – 25.9 weeks
Zimbabwe 14 – 25.9 weeks
India 26 – 51.9 weeks
Georgia 26 – 51.9 weeks
Belgium 26 – 51.9 weeks
Chile 26 – 51.9 weeks
France 26 – 51.9 weeks
Gambia, The 26 – 51.9 weeks
Greece 26 – 51.9 weeks
Iceland 26 – 51.9 weeks
Iran 26 – 51.9 weeks
Ireland 26 – 51.9 weeks
Italy 26 – 51.9 weeks
Luxembourg 26 – 51.9 weeks
Macedonia 26 – 51.9 weeks
Norway 26 – 51.9 weeks
Portugal 26 – 51.9 weeks
United Kingdom 26 – 51.9 weeks
Venezuela 26 – 51.9 weeks
Vietnam 26 – 51.9 weeks
Finland 26 – 51.9 weeks
Turkmenistan 52 weeks or more
Canada 52 weeks or more
Albania 52 weeks or more
Armenia 52 weeks or more
Austria 52 weeks or more
Azerbaijan 52 weeks or more
Belarus 52 weeks or more
Bosnia and Herzegovina 52 weeks or more
Bulgaria 52 weeks or more
Croatia 52 weeks or more
Cuba 52 weeks or more
Czech Republic 52 weeks or more
Denmark 52 weeks or more
Estonia 52 weeks or more
Germany 52 weeks or more
Hungary 52 weeks or more
Japan 52 weeks or more
South Korea 52 weeks or more
Latvia 52 weeks or more
Lithuania 52 weeks or more
Moldova 52 weeks or more
Mongolia 52 weeks or more
Montenegro 52 weeks or more
Poland 52 weeks or more
Romania 52 weeks or more
Russia 52 weeks or more
San Marino 52 weeks or more
Serbia 52 weeks or more
Slovakia 52 weeks or more
Slovenia 52 weeks or more
Sweden 52 weeks or more
Tajikistan 52 weeks or more
Ukraine 52 weeks or more
Uzbekistan 52 weeks or more

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