A Norwegian study that hit the front pages today shows women to have 77% more long-term sick leave than men. The gap has increased dramatically over the last 20 years, from 35% in 1989. This is due to a dramatic increase in sick leave among women, for the men are no less sick than before, actually slightly more (4% up).
The study looked at absence from work for more than consecutive days 16 days. Not counted were shorter absences and disability pensions. However, shorter absences follow a similar pattern according to the director of NAV.
Sources: www.aftenposten.no (Norwegian) and www.forskning.no (Norwegian).