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Fathers take more paternity leave

An increasing number of Norwegian fathers decide to stay home longer with their child than the four weeks reserved for them.

During the last couple of years, the number of fathers who have decided to take out more than the one month reserved for them has increased with about 40 percent, stated the Norwegian paper Dagsavisen Thursday.

3,641 fathers took out more than four weeks in 2000. A total of 5,023 men decided to do the same last year, amounting to an increase of 38 percent.

«These are very pleasing numbers, and I think this trend will just continue,» said Hans Olav Syversen, parliamentary secretary at Ministry of Children and Family Affairs.

About 23,700 fathers took out the four weeks of paid paternity leave last year.


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