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SOCI04: Recipients of daily cash benefits at pregnancy, childbirth and adoption by time, content and reporting country

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Nomesco Nososco [FAMI07A], [FAMI07B], [FAMI08] (Faroe Islands, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden).
Ålands statistik- och utredningsbyrå (ÅSUB) [SO004].
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In all Nordic countries, compensation is granted to cover any loss of income in connection with childbirth during the last few weeks prior to and at least the first months after childbirth. In all the countries, a similar benefit is payable in the event of adoption. In all the countries, the benefit amount depends on any previous income but also on the length of the leave period. In all countries, employees may receive their pay in full according to collective agreements.

Number of benefit days per new born = (number of benefit days year x)/(number of live births year x(CHIL01)).

Percent of benefit days taken by men excludes special maternity allowance and maternity allowance days before childbirth.

No data available for Greenland.

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The data for Denmark has been recalculated with new sources from Denmark Statistics. The statistics include absence due maternity leave where there is a payment from the government, meaning that persons who are not entitled to receive benefits are not included in the statistics. The figures for Denmark may differ slightly from those published by Statistics Denmark. The main differences are that their values are corrected for twins and days when two parents take parental leave at the same time. No corrections of these sorts are done here, this to enable comparison with the other countries (for which data is collected by NOMESCO/NOSOSCO and no corrections are made).

Each year for Denmark shows a parent year. A parent cohort consists of the couples who have had a child during the year. A parent couple will often be the child's biological parents, but may also consist of persons of the same sex, and in cases where there is no registration of the father or of the mother, of a single person. A parent couple who have twins only counts once. A parent couple does not have to be cohabiting. The statistics shows all couples, regardless of leave or split-up.

Break in time series: 2015. From 2015 there is a change in source with more accurate number on held maternity leave. Before 2015, the number of benefit days is calculated as the period start date minus period end date (plus one).

From 2015, the leave days counted are within the first 365 days of the child's life. Before, the leave days counted are in the year of the child's birth or the year after.

Changes in definition: 2015 for a parent year group where registration of the child is within the first 14 weeks after birth. Previously, the registration of a child was defined in the year of birth or the year after.


Includes Åland.


Percent of benefit days taken by men does not exclude maternity allowance days before childbirth.

Data for Åland is delivered by Statistics Åland and is not available in the database.