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Finnish diplomat pushes child-rearing for dads

Finnish diplomat pushes child-rearing for dads | Finland | Scoop.it

For Finnish diplomat Mikko Koivumaa, being an ikumen (men who take an active role in ikuji, or child rearing) comes naturally.

Hailing from a country known to have a high level of gender equality, Koivumaa says ikumen is standard practice in Finland.

“In Finland, there’s a social welfare policy that enables that. Also men work short hours — especially compared with Japan — which enables an ikumen lifestyle seven days a week,” the 36-year-old said.

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Relationships Foundation: the ‘Most family friendly country in Europe’

Relationships Foundation: the ‘Most family friendly country in Europe’ | Finland | Scoop.it
A British think-tank has ranked Finland fourth among family friendly countries in Europe. It surveyed 27 countries according to 25 indicators.
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One million Finns live alone - News from Finland - Helsinki TImes

At the end of 2010, there were 1,455,000 families in Finland. The number had grown by 4,600 from the previous year-end. However, the growth amounted to slightly less than in the previous year when it was 6,100 families. Altogether 76 per cent of the Finnish population, that is, 4,065,000 persons, belonged to a family. In 1990, the respective share was still 82 per cent.

Two-thirds of the families were families of married couples. Twenty-two per cent were families of cohabiting couples and 12 per cent were one-parent families. There were 1,601 families of registered same-sex couples. Persons living alone numbered 1,040,000.
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