By MSN NZ Money staff
When it comes to parental leave, New Zealand is trailing the rest of the world, placing 18th out of 21 countries, according to a new report.
Germany, Sweden, and Norway came out tops in terms of the length of paid leave offered Germany and Sweden both offer 47 weeks while Norway provides 44 weeks, NZPA reports.
New Zealand offers 14 weeks.
During that period, new parents who are paid employees receive their normal weekly pay up to a maximum of $441.62 before tax.
The leave can be transferred to a spouse or partner.
But we beat our trans-Tasman friends and Uncle Sam, with Australia and the US offering no paid parental leave.
Length of leave offered isn't the only factor considered when looking at parental leave provisions.
Researchers also looked at the amount paid and the portion of leave available to fathers.
When it comes to gender equality Sweden, Finland, Greece and Norway top the table, followed closely by other European countries.
Meanwhile Australia offers a "baby bonus" of up to A$5294 ($6520) tax-free per child, which is paid in 13 fortnightly instalments.
Its government is in the process of formulating a paid parental leave scheme.
The report was compiled by US organisation Center for Economic and Policy Research.