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.
This photo essay is based on portraits of dads who belong to that small percentage who choose to stay at home with their child for at least six months.
Adapt to new society
Mujtaba fled the violence in Afghanistan in 2011.
Making a new home in the village of Borrby, southern Sweden, he learned many lessons – often the hard way – about how to adjust to the unwritten rules of Swedish society.
Now he is determined to help other refugees avoid the same mistakes.
Just after the romantic Midsummer eve holiday, hundreds of Vikings are gathered in Höllviken, Sweden. Near the affluent residential area in Höllviken, a small but dedicated group of urban vikings are moving in to the viking village, Foteviken.
Germans, americans, australians – people from countries all around the world – come together during one week and devote themselves to reenactment, which is to recreate a historical event as authentic as possible.
Today, as a result of the ungoing urbanization, 85% of the Swedish population lives in the big cities. Many houses on the northern countryside are standing empty and elderly dominates the demographics. This has led to a depressing and onesided depiction of the northern parts of Sweden. But, despite this development, there are many who feel a strong identification with their homeland, and who can not imagine moving elsewhere.
Every day, 800 women die because they are pregnant. More than half of the deaths occur in rural Sub-Saharan Africa, where the chance of surviving childbirth is the lowest in the world. A lack of transport and poor access to adequate healthcare means many women bleed to death.
The Epa tractor was developed during the World War II in Sweden. The Epa is a converted passenger car which, at that time, served as a substitute for expensive agricultural machineries. Today, the Epa tractor is a transport for young people in rural areas who are not old enough to drive a regular car.
For boys and girls in ages between 15–18 years old, the Epa tractor is associated with freedom and independence. They do not see the Epa tractor only as a conveyance. It is also a part of youth identity and rural culture.
Daily life along the pipeline Sote