We've heard a lot about paternity leave rights in the press recently, with calls for a fairer system to be introduced in the UK (allowing parents to share maternity/paternity leave and responsibility for dependents). As the Swedish system is usually heralded as one to aspire to I was really intrigued to read that  great policies are not necessarily translating into practice.

For anyone interested in this subject you really shouldn't miss today's article in the Guardian suggesting that Swedish paternity rights may actually be having the unintended consequence of entrenching "traditional" family values and keeping women at home and men in the workplace.

It seems the grass isn't necessarily greener on the other side after all.....