Enquanto por cá nos dizem que o Estado-social está falido, ao mesmo tempo que as estatísticas sobre a natalidade indicam números assustadoramente baixos, é bom saber que existem outras formas de encarar as relações entre Estado e sociedade.

Fathers currently can take off work for as long as 240 days with a government-backed paycheck. Even if a father decides to take a more modest leave than allowed, he must take at least two months before the child is 8 years old to receive the government benefits… The Swedish government will pay 80% of a parent’s salary—up to a cap of about $65,000—for 13 months. One parent can sign over all but two of these months to the other.