Sweden is a high income Nordic country in Northern Europe, with an Human Development Index(HDI) value of 0.945 in 2019. The Human Development Index ranks Sweden as a country possessing very high human development, and such an interpretation is partially reflected in Sweden’s performance in the GCPI.

Sweden’s active promotion of gender equality leads to a positive performance in Sub-Index A. Sweden was the first country in the world to grant men and women both access to paid parental leave in 1974 – and Swedish laws continue to recognize the value of unpaid family caregivers. However, while Swedish laws do protect domestic workers to an extent, there remains limited legislation regulating the fair recruitment of domestic workers. Sweden still performs relatively well for Sub-Index B, but there remains room for improvement.

Therefore, Sweden’s policy regime for unpaid family caregivers and domestic workers earned an overall score of 7.37/10 (Maturing) under the Global Care Policy Index (GCPI). The final country report and technical report on Sweden can be accessed here.

A mother walks down a trail with her daughter in Sweden. Photo by Jon Flobrant on Unsplash.