With the United States being the only industrialized nation not to mandate paid maternity leave for new mothers, it comes as no surprise that policies on paternity leave are almost nonexistent. While the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 guarantees moms and dads their jobs for 12 weeks after their baby's birth, the only states offering paid leave are California and New Jersey, with dads getting 55 percent and 66 percent of their salary covered, respectively, for six weeks.
Even though companies such as Microsoft, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google are offering new dads a range of paid leave time—from four weeks to 17—countries such as England (which offers two paid weeks) and the U.S. are still behind the rest of the world (some much more than others. Here, we've ranked the best paid paternity leave by country, and offer a look at the number of weeks dads are able to take in each. Some will definitely surprise you.