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06th Jan 2020

Four day working week and six hour shifts could be introduced in Finland

Jade Hayden

The dream, tbh.

A four day working week and six hour shifts could be introduced in Finland.

The country’s new Prime Minister Sanna Marin is hoping to introduce the new measures to give people more time to spend on their families and hobbies.

Marin, who is 34-years-old and the world’s youngest Prime Minister, has been an advocate for shorter working weeks for years.

According to publication New Europe, she called for the change to give Finnish employees a more flexible working schedule.

“I believe people deserve to spend more time with their families, loved ones, hobbies and other aspects of life, such as culture,” she said.

“This could be the next step for us in working life.”

Workers in neighbouring Sweden have had access to a six hour working day since 2015.

The change led to increased productivity among staff, as well as happier and wealthier employees.

Marin was sworn into government late last year, making her the country’s third female Prime Minister after Anneli Tuulikki Jäätteenmäki and Mari Kiviniemi.

Previously Finland’s transport minister, she has been a member of the Finnish government since 2015.Born in Helsinki in 1985, Marin graduated from the University of Tampere with a Masters degree in administrative sciences. She was the first person in her family to go to university.

She leads a centre-left coalition government alongside four other parties, all of which are headed by women.