Sanna Marin (the SDP) speaking during a press conference in September 2019 while serving as the minister of transport and communications. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

When Prime Minister Sanna Marin (the SDP) still served as the minister of transport and communications last August, she presented an interesting idea to the attendees of the Social Democrat’s 120th anniversary in Turku.

What if we had a six-hour workday instead of the normal eight hours?

During her first trip to Sweden as the prime minister on Wednesday, she briefly explained the thought behind the idea.

During her first trip as the prime minister to Sweden on Wednesday, she briefly explained the thought behind the idea.

Marin started by saying that the modern world has been seeing a trend in the shortening of working hours after productivity has been increased.

“When the productivity is increased and the technology advances it should reflect in the life of an everyday worker by reducing the working hours and by improving the worker’s status,” Marin said.

According to Marin, this is a vision of the Social Democrats but she’s also assured that the vision can be shared in the society more widely.

“But for example, this is not a goal during this governmental term,” Marin said. “It’s not part of the government program, and that’s why the Finnish government has not been talking about it.

Tony Öhberg