Size : 170x226 mm
Pages: 80 sidor
Inlay : Arctic Volume White 150g
Cover : Hardcover, Geltex 111 LS
Papper Pre: Turquoise green
Clot cover : Fancy Linen Lined, dark gray
Impress: Metallic copper
Bookbinding : Wired Hardcover
Translation: Nichola Smalley
Design: Nils Jarlsbo & Karin Nilsson, www.nochn.se
Photo processing: JK Morris Production, Värnamo
Self publishing / Third Edition
Printed in Livonia Print
Sweden has one of the most generous parental leave systems in the world. The current system enables parents to stay at home with their child for a total of 480 days, while receiving an allowance from the state. Ninty of these days are allotted to each parent.
The purpose of this allocation is to promote gender equality. In order to encourage men and women to share their parental leave more equally, a so-called ‘equality bonus’ has also been introduced. The more days divided equally between parents, the higher the bonus.
The photobook Swedish Dads is based on 45 portraits of dads in their daily lives and interviews with them. The dads belong to that small percentage who choose to stay at home with their child for at least six months. With this project, Johan Bävman want to find out why these men have chosen to stay at home. What has it done for them, how have their relationships with their partner and their child changed, and what expectations did they have before taking parental leave?
Johan Bävman want this book to reach beyond the borders of Sweden, to places where the Swedish model is far from a reality.
Through seeing, reading about, and putting themselves in the shoes
of fathers who share their thoughts and experiences of parental leave, he hope more men will reconsider what it means to be a father – and a partner. Johan Bävman believe that it’s an important
step on the way towards a more equal society.
There are two aims to this project.The first is to describe the background to Sweden’s unique parental allowance. The second is to inspire other fathers – in Sweden, and further afield – to consider the positive benefits of such a system.