Finland’s Prime Minister Wants To Introduce A Four-Day Working Week And Six-Hour Days

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in News, World
Published 07.01.20
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Finland’s new Prime Minister has publicly backed the concept of four-day working weeks, along with six hour days.

It’s crazy how people’s lives now are dedicated to catering for their day-to-day careers. More and more, straight out of uni, people are leading career oriented lives, hardly having any free time and when they do, they feel guilty for using it or for buying more than one pint at a pub.

With that, it’s rather lovely to hear that someone in a high-up position does care that people are being overworked and in general, underpaid.

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Finland’s new Prime Minister Sanna Marin is that very person, who says she fully intends to trial shorter working hours on the 120th anniversary of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Turku.

Instead of work, she wants people to be able to spend more time with their family and loved ones, in a move that would see the average work output in Finland – eight hours a day, five days a week – drop dramatically.

As per The Independent, the Social Democratic Party leader said at her party’s conference in the autumn of 2019:

I believe people deserve to spend more time with their families, loved ones, hobbies and other aspects of life, such as culture. This could be the next step for us in working life.”

Sanna Marin

In response to criticism and attention she got for her new policy, Marin stated:

My thoughts have been in the proceedings and I have not followed the international and national media coverage. We have promised change. Now we need action. I believe that trust will return through action.

I have never thought about my age or gender. I think of the reasons I got into politics and those things for which we have won the trust of the electorate.

For me, human rights and equality of people have never been questions of opinion but the basis of my moral conception. I joined politics because I want to influence how society sees its citizens and their rights.

I want to build a society in which every child can become anything and in which every human being can live and grow old with dignity.

Over in Sweden, the six-hour working day was trialed in 2015, which saw morale and productivity in the workplace.

I get it, I really do.

I do sort of worry about the people whose jobs include covering, say, content for The Hook for the weekend during the working week. That’s an extra day of work to cover in an already packed schedule. Could be stressful.

Regardless, I’d still rather an extra day off work.

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