Finland's prime minister proposes four-day work week, six-hour days

Sanna Marin.
Sanna Marin. Photo credit: Getty

The new Finnish prime minister wants to introduce a flexible working week for the country.

Sanna Marin says a four-day week with six-hour days would allow workers to spend more time with their families. 

"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," she is quoted as saying by New Europe.  

The 34-year-old mother became prime minister in December 2019 and leads a centre-left coalition with five other parties - all led by women. 

The concept of a shorter work week has been trialled across the world - Microsoft Japan found workers were much happier and more productive when they worked shorter weeks. 

New Zealand legal company Perpetual Guardian made headlines in 2018 for introducing a four-day work week. 

Founder Andrew Barnes said the results were remarkable.

"Our productivity has gone up, our profits have gone up, our staff retention has improved, our stress levels have dropped," he told The AM Show in 2019.