Real men share the housework: what Britain can learn from the domestic bliss of Scandinavia | Helen Russell
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A new survey shows UK men are shirking the chores. Not so in Nordic nations, where family-friendly policies have changed the landscape
And lo! As we all return to school it turns out that women in Britain are still doing more housework than men. The new British social attitudes survey has just been published, and it reveals that although a majority of Britons agree that adult couples sharing a home should do equal amounts of housework , two-thirds of them admitted that women ended up doing much more. Italian and Spanish women have it worse ( Mi dispiace/Lo siento ). But my adopted Nordic homeland is – apparently – winning, and there’s much that Brits can learn from the way things are done here.
Since moving to Denmark in 2013, I’ve noticed a rhythm to Danish life that’s more conducive to the equal division of labour. Both sexes work and get paid a decent wage. And from the age of 10 months, all children go to tax-subsidised, state-run daycare. Most daycare institutions and offices are open from 8am until 4pm, and this has defined the way Danes work. So even the CEO of a company is allowed to say in a meeting at 4pm, “I have to leave to pick up the kids and make dinner.” And they go home to eat as a family.Continue reading...