Compared to most countries outside of Europe, the UK doesn't have a bad deal for dads wanting to care for new babies. In the US, mums get 12 weeks unpaid that she can give to dad if she has any left (unlikely). A little more generous, in Iran dads are given 2 weeks at full pay! A few developing countries have something in place for mums, but nothing for dads.
What's more, for a large part of it, his wages are also protected! So the family doesn't have to make the tough financial decision to let him take the time. Dads are taking the leave, and people, including their employers, are expecting them to take it! A triple win for the family.
The Nordics use two ingredients to make their pappa leave work.
I'm Dave, dad of Little Bear. Also known as 'Pappa' to the little man as we try and bring out his Swedish roots