COMBINING WORK AND PARENTHOOD IN ESTONIA, SWEDEN AND FINLAND
Keywords:changing parenthood (motherhood, fatherhood), combining work and family, labour market, ageing society, affecting agents
AbstractThe article is based on a study which analysed the participation of women and men in the labour market and birth rate in the current situation of population ageing in the EU. The article disserts the following subthemes: possibilities for women and men to balance work–life situations; women’s and men’s willingness to balance work–life; agents affecting the stances of women and men, and various strategies for combining work and family life. Study results allege that: women’s active participation in the labour market does not have a negative effect on birth rate if the government provides mothers with social security support for the future; the contentment of Swedish and Finnish respondents´ with their present governments’ family supporting measures affirm that Nordic countries have been successful forerunners in adopting family policy measures to back up mothers.
Social evolution of Europe
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