As workers across the globe hauled themselves back to the office for their first full week after the extended Christmas break, Finland’s newly-installed prime minister appeared to soften the blow for her citizens with the prospect of a condensed working week.
Sanna Marin, 34, has proposed putting the entire country on a four-day workweek consisting of six-hour workdays in a bid to transition the country to what she called “the next step for us in working life.”
“I believe people deserve to spend more time with their families, loved ones, hobbies and other aspects of life, such as culture,” Marin is widely reported to have said.
“This could be the next step for us in working life.”
HSENations gathered that before Marin became Prime Minister she held a position as the Minister of Transport for Finland.
While in office in that position, Marin advocated for shorter work weeks to improve employee rapport and productivity.
In Finland currently it is normal to work eight hours per day, five days per week.
The proposal was immediately welcomed with enthusiasm by the minister of education Li Andersson, the leader of the Left Alliance.