One of the OECD's key work-life balance measures is the percentage of mothers with children aged 6-14 that hold paid jobs. By this account, the OECD suggests, mothers have attained the ideal career/family path: they help raise children until they are ready for school, and then join or rejoin the workforce when the children go to school. If this is true, then, Sweden is a model nation. About 76 per cent of Swedish mothers are employed after their children begin school, ten full percentage points higher than the OECD average.

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