Ville Niemelä is handing over the citizens’ initiative for a permanent summer time to Tuula Kulovesi, the legislative director of the parliament on November 11, 2019. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

Finns want to stay in summer time, according to a citizens’ initiative with 53,971 signatures that was today handed over to the parliament.

In summer time, this story would have been published at 18:00.

“This is our ‘Brexit,’” said the man behind the initiative, Ville Niemelä, in an interview with Finland Today. “For us, the most important thing is to get more daylight after work and after school.”

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According to the initiative, “when we are permanently in summer time, we have an hour more to safely indulge in outdoor games, in traveling from school and work, in jogging, and so on.”

In a survey by the Ministry of Transport and Communications last year, 52 percent of the respondents voted for staying in winter time: 238,000 people wanted more light for the mornings. 216,000 favored the summer time.

Currently, it looks like the back and forth of the clocks would end earliest in 2021.

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