THIS MAP SHOWS WHERE HIGHEST COST OF CHILDCARE IN EUROPE IS

The cost of childcare is often a prohibitively expensive barrier for parents who wish to return to work. Parents can often find that their finances are stretched to breaking point by the costs they have to manage. They may even reach a stage where there is little point — financially speaking — in one of the parents working.

With the cost of childcare such a hot button issue, it’s worth looking at how the countries of Europe shape up when it comes to costs. Is there a continental issue with exorbitant childcare costs? Or do the parents of some regions have an easier financial time than others?

Let’s find out.

Percentage of net family income spent on childcare:



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Top three countries for percentage of national GDP spent on childcare:

Denmark: 0.8%

Norway: 0.7%

Spain: 0.5%