Swedish men trail women in care league

The Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Försäkringskassan) says women are still taking out more than their share of leave days and benefits to care for children or other relatives, according to statistics compiled for International Women's Day.

Swedish men trail women in care league

Women in Sweden take out 76 percent of all parental leave days, which new parents can split how they see fit.

The right to stay at home from work to care for a sick child (VAB) is also used more by women than by men. Sixty-three percent of all VAB days were taken by women.

The benefit payment that Swedes can take to care for a relative is also paid out in 73 percent of cases to women.

The social insurance agency said the differences were slowly being evened out over time, however.

“If the pace stays the same, it will be many years before the figures level out,” Laura Hartman, head of analysis at the agency, told the TT news agency.

The statistics from 2012 also showed that women were ill more often and would subsequently be off work for longer than any male colleague who fell ill.

Nationwide, women were sick 9.8 days last year while men called in sick 5.6 days.

Gotland island had the most equal statistics in Sweden, followed by Skåne and Östergötland counties.

The least gender equal division in social insurance patterns was found in Jämtland, Västerbotten and Örebro counties.

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Stockholm Pride is a little different this year: here’s what you need to know 

This week marks the beginning of Pride festivities in the Swedish capital. The tickets sold out immediately, for the partly in-person, partly digital events. 

Pride parade 2019
There won't be a Pride parade like the one in 2019 on the streets of Stockholm this year. Photo: Stina Stjernkvist/TT

You might have noticed rainbow flags popping up on major buildings in Stockholm, and on buses and trams. Sweden has more Pride festivals per capita than any other country and is the largest Pride celebration in the Nordic region, but the Stockholm event is by far the biggest.  

The Pride Parade, which usually attracts around 50,000 participants in a normal year, will be broadcast digitally from Södra Teatern on August 7th on Stockholm Pride’s website and social media. The two-hour broadcast will be led by tenor and debater Rickard Söderberg.

The two major venues of the festival are Pride House, located this year at the Clarion Hotel Stockholm at Skanstull in Södermalm, and Pride Stage, which is at Södra Teatern near Slussen.

“We are super happy with the layout and think it feels good for us as an organisation to slowly return to normal. There are so many who have longed for it,” chairperson of Stockholm Pride, Vix Herjeryd, told the Dagens Nyheter newspaper.

Tickets are required for all indoor events at Södra Teatern to limit the number of people indoors according to pandemic restrictions. But the entire stage programme will also be streamed on a big screen open air on Mosebacketerassen, which doesn’t require a ticket.  

You can read more about this year’s Pride programme on the Stockholm Pride website (in Swedish).