7 Most Progressive Countries in the World

Between same sex marriages being legalized federally, numerous states moving to allow marijuana, and recent changes to our healthcare system, America has made some very progressive strides in the last decade. But if we want to truly own the title of “freest country in the world,” here are seven countries we’ll have to catch up with.

Sweden

You might think the best things to come out of Sweden are Abba and the dreamy Alexander Skarsgård, but its influential social policies might be one of their nation’s best qualities. For many years, Sweden has led the pack when it comes to parental rights. In fact, both mothers and fathers are entitled to a paid leave of up to 480 days after the birth of a child.

Maybe their liberal attitude comes from the lifelong sauna culture that nearly all Swedes grow up with. It’s hard to be conservative when you spend so much time hanging out with naked people.

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