Sanna Marin, Finland’s new Prime Minister since early December has called for the introduction of a flexible working schedule in the country that would foresee a 4-day-week and 6-hours working day.
Marin, 34, has drown international attention, being the youngest female head of government worldwide who leads a 5-parties centre-left coalition, entirely headed by women.
Her coalition has demanded a test run for the new working schedule, on the occasion of the 120th anniversary of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Turku.
“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,” said Marin.
The Nordic nation has embraced agile working patterns for decades as the country adopted the Working Hours Pact in 1996, which gives most employees the right to adjust their typical working hours of their workplace by starting or finishing up to three hours earlier or later.
In neighbouring Sweden, where the 6-hour-day has already been applied since 2015, results showed that employees were happier, wealthier and more productive, as they were still fully paid and customers were more satisfied.