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Old 11.10.2019, 10:07
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Re: The dirt on Switzerland

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Yes, definitely. The only couples who do not have free choice, in the Swiss system, are those whose earnings are in the very lowest range, so that both parents have to work, some even taking on several jobs. They are, however, a small segment of the population.

Other than in that range, in Switzerland each couple and each parent, does have the free choice to decide to what extent either or both of them stays at home, or goes out to work - as long as, of course, the basic minimun living costs are covered.

Swiss society has changed a lot, or at least, certainly so in the urban areas, where many different models of life are accepted.
I completely disagree: Fulltime preschool childcare that goes all the hours a woman might want to work, not just half a day here and there... is easily some 2000 CHF. Per child. I personally know families where the woman stayed at home not because she wanted to but because the childcare for the two kids would eat up all her net earnings so it made no sense to work.

The Swiss system is in no way one of free choice but unusually biased towards traditional gender roles. Way more so than the countries around CH. That some people happen to be wealthy enough to not care about it and do what they like is an entirely different topic. But it is certainly not only an issue for low income families when the childcare bills for two kids can be 50k a year...

P.S: Maternity leave is also the lowest in Europe and probably the only country where the dads get no time off...
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