Finnish Prime Minister, the second youngest sitting head of government in the world, is about to introduce a schedule in the country consisting of four working days in a week, with six hours of daily work.
Thirty-four-year-old Sanna Marin believes that such a working schedule will enable people to spend more time with their families.
Sanna is the leader of the center-left coalition consisting of a total of five parties, all presided by women. Three of them are under 35 years of age.
Sanna, a mother-of-one, said: “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.”
Before becoming the prime minister of Finland, Sanna served as the Minister of Transport.
During her time at that office, she strongly supported the idea of decreased working days to make the employees work with more dedication, focus, and productivity.
As of now, Finland, like most of the world, has five days’ working week and eight working hours per day.
Sanna’s new proposal of four days’ work week was warmly welcomed by education minister Li Andersson, who is also the chairperson of Left Alliance.
Li said: “It is important to allow Finnish citizens to work less. It is not a question of governing with a feminine style but offering help and keeping promises to voters.”
Finland’s neighbor, Sweden, which has a six-hour workday since 2015 has managed to get more productivity from the employees and the working class is overall more happy, wealthy and dedicated to their work.
Likewise, Microsoft Japan introduced a three-day weekend last November to improve the productivity of its employees. The results of this change showed a mighty 39.9 per cent improvement in the efficiency and productivity of the workers.
Sanna Marin was sworn into the office as the Prime Minister of Finland after the ruling Social Democratic Party council elected her via a poll.
Sanna won over her rival Antti Lindtman with 32 versus 29 votes, succeeding Antti Rinne as the leader of the Finnish Government.