These Countries Have the Best Maternity Leave Policies in the World

Out of the world's 196 countries, the United States is unfortunately only one of four that has no federally mandated policy to give new mothers paid time off.

But if you're looking to change jobs or start a family, we have the countries around the world with the best maternity leave policies, thanks to Business Insider.

Check out the gallery above to see which countries works for your maternity needs.

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Finland Expecting mothers in Finland can start their maternity leave seven weeks prior to their estimated due date and then after that the government offers a maternity grant which covers 16 additional weeks of paid leave. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Sweden In Sweden new parents are eligible for 480 days of leave at 80 percent of their normal pay. This includes the guaranteed 18 weeks mothers get, after which the parents can split up the time however they choose. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Iceland New Icelandic moms can get nine months of post-childbirth leave and can decide if and how they want to split it with the new dads. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Denmark New mother in this charming country get a total of 18 weeks of maternity leave at full pay. They get four weeks before the birth and 14 weeks after. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Serbia After giving birth, mothers can take up to 20 weeks of fully paid leave. Then, they can also receive an additionally full year of leave — but compensation diminishes over time.  Photo Credit: Getty Images

Belgium This modern city allows mothers to take up to 15 weeks for maternity leave. For the first month after the child is born, the mothers will get paid 80 percent of their salary — they get 75 percent for the rest of the time. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Estonia Mothers in this Baltic country are given 140 days of fully paid pregnancy and maternity leave, which can begin 30-70 days before their expected delivery date. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Norway This Nordic country's system is very lenient and thoughtful for new moms — they can take 35 weeks at full pay or 45 weeks at 80 percent pay. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Lithuania This European country may beat them all! New moms get 18 weeks of fully paid leave and both parents get an additional 156 weeks to share. Photo Credit: Getty Images

Hungary Hungarian moms get 24 weeks of paid leave at 70 percent of their salary, but this can start up to four weeks before their expected delivery date. Photo Credit: Getty Images