No other country provides such generous terms of parental leave as Sweden. The current system allows parents to stay at home with their child during 480 days in total a while receiving an allowance from the State. Out of these 480 days, sixty must be taken by the father or else are lost. Legislation is underway to reserve another thirty days for paternity leave. The purpose of this allocation is to improve gender equality. In order to promote a more equal sharing of parental leave between men and women, a so called equality bonus has also been introduced. The more days that are shared between parents, the higher the bonus. A couple may receive up to 1 500 euro in bonus. In spite of the generous allowance and bonus a unique in their kind a only a fraction of Swedenas dads use all their sixty days of parental leave. Even fewer parents choose to share the days equally between mother and father. Johan EkengAY=rd, 38 years, product developer at Sandvik. Johan and his partner share and shared parental leave equally for their children Ebbe 7, Tyra, 5, and Stina 1 year. Both took approximately 9 months of parental leave with each child. - The financial loss that follows with my parental leave, is worth every krona. I gain instead higher confidence as a dad for my kids, understanding for my partner, and stronger ties to my children that, as I see it, are important for their growing up. It is easy to take on the part as the stereotypical 1950s dad, says Johan EkengAY=rd. The opportunity to participate in our childrenas lives and to be engaged in their education has always been there a but it is the attitude and the view of what it means to be a father in society at large that has prevented us from moving further. That has to change.