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Eva Paris @paris_eva

It is important to know our environment and know how to live motherhood in other countries, to see what works in issues such as conciliation or what makes its inhabitants happier, among others. The website offers us the map of women in figures, showing on a map and with figures the situation of women in Spain and Europe in terms of employment, gender violence or work-life balance.

We also find information about access to the University or the representation in high public positions of women, and there are temporary data that allow us to see its evolution over the last few years. We are especially interested in the Map of Motherhood in Europe, the data of which we will explain below.

We have this map of women thanks to Esri Spain, a company specialized in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The sources to elaborate it come from the public data of the Institute of the Woman, National Institute of Statistics, Eurostat, European Union, Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport and General Council of Judicial Power.

The map is available on the Internet and the existing information will be updated, adding contents of interest to the users. The objective of Esri is to offer a platform for quick access to all the information related to women and whose visualization allows us to better understand the current panorama. uses, a platform that allows you to create and share maps in an easy, simple and free way, using existing data and offering the possibility of creating your own content.

The map offers the following differentiated main areas:

  • Reconciliation that reflects the relationship of the number of children per woman and maternity benefits .

  • Politics in Spain and Europe where the salary differences between men and women are perceived.

  • Gender violence in Spain and Europe offers maps and graphs with data on crimes of gender violence.

  • Education in Spain and Europe indicates the presence of university women.

  • Employment in Spain and Europe where the salary differences between men and women are reflected.

The map of motherhood in Europe: data

Three fundamental data appear on the map of motherhood: the number of children per woman, the percentage of single mothers and maternity leave (the time of leave is indicated, how much salary is received during that time and whether it can be shared with the father). We are going to present the figures according to each member country of the European Union.

  • Spain : 1.40 children per woman; 34'47% of single mothers; 16 weeks at 100% maternity leave (the last 10 can be shared with the father).

  • Portugal : 1.32 children per woman; 38'12% of single mothers; 120 days at 100% or 150 to 80% of maternity leave.

  • France : 2 children per woman; 53'74% of single mothers; 16 weeks at 100% or 26 weeks if it is the third child of maternity leave.

  • United Kingdom : 1.94 children per woman; 46.29% of single mothers; 6 first weeks at 90% and up to 44 with the regular percentage quoted.

  • Ireland : 2.07 children per woman; 33.27% of single mothers; 26 weeks of 100% maternity leave (16 can be shared with the father).

  • Belgium : 1.84 children per woman; 45.71% of single mothers; 15 weeks (1 month at 82% and the rest at 75%).

  • The Netherlands : 1.79 children per woman; 43.28% of single mothers; 16 weeks at 100%.

  • Luxembourg : 1.59 children per woman; 32.05% of single mothers; 16 weeks at 100%.

  • Germany : 1.36 children per woman; 32.74% of single mothers; 14 weeks at 100% (six prior to delivery) + one year at 67% with a ceiling of 1800 euros.

  • Denmark : 1.84 children per woman; 46.79% of single mothers; 52 weeks to be distributed among the parents, of which the mother must take at least 18 and the father 2.

  • Sweden : 1.94 children per woman; 54.41% of single mothers; 480 days of shared permission between father and mother. The first 390 to 80%.

  • Finland : 1.86 children per woman; 40.88% of single mothers; 15 weeks at 80% + 158 days shared with the father.

  • Estonia : 1.62 children per woman; 59.16% of single mothers; 20 weeks at 100%.

  • Latvia : 1.31 children per woman; 43.47% of single mothers; 16 weeks at 100%.

  • Lithuania : 1.55 children per woman; 27.95% of single mothers; 52 weeks at 100% + 52 weeks at 80%.

  • Poland : 1.40 children per woman; 20.24% of single mothers; 16 - 18 weeks at 100%.

  • Czech Republic : 1.49 children per woman; 38.83% of single mothers; 28 weeks at 70%.

  • Austria : 1.39 children per woman; 39.35% of single mothers; 16 weeks at 100%.

  • Slovenia : 1.53 children per woman; 53.62% of single mothers; 15 weeks at 100%.

  • Italy : 1.41 children per woman; 19.79% of single mothers; 22 weeks at 80%.

  • Greece : 1.52 children per woman; 6.57% of single mothers; 17 weeks at 100%.

  • Bulgaria : 1.57 children per woman; 53.43% of single mothers; 2 years of maternity leave. The first to 100% and the second minimum wage.

  • Romania : 1.38 children per woman; 27.97% of single mothers; 18 weeks at 85%.

  • Hungary : 1.32 children per woman; 40.82% of single mothers; 24 weeks of 100% permission.

  • Slovakia : 1.41 children per woman; 31.57% of single mothers; 28 weeks at 100%.

  • Cyprus : 1.51 children per woman; 11.74% of single mothers; 16 weeks of maternity leave at 75%.

  • Malta : 1.43 children per woman; 27.37% of single mothers; 14 weeks at 100%.

We look at the longer maternity and paternity leaves, those in Sweden, with 480 days (16 months) shared between father and mother, receiving 80% up to 390 days. The father has the obligation to take at least 60 days plus 10 working days from birth.

Recall, although it does not appear on the map because it does not belong to the EU, that Norway is highlighted as the best country to be a mother, with 392 days (56 weeks) at 80% or 322 days (46 weeks) at 100%. The father is entitled to 70 days of help (10 weeks) receiving 100% of his salary. The mother is obliged to take 21 days before the birth and 42 days after the birth, the rest can be shared with the father.

On the opposite side, there are Malta (14 weeks), Slovenia or Belgium with only 105 days of leave.

Surely these data from the map of motherhood in Europe make us a little more aware of our reality, our achievements and shortcomings, and make better decisions about it. Hopefully, although at the moment, from our position, we will be able to claim what we consider best for our motherhood.

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