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Spanish nurses leaving Vaasa

Five of eight Spanish nurses recruited to work in Vaasa's city hospital have decided to quit the jobs they took up in October and leave the country. The reasons they cite include the high cost of living, the cold climate, and the difficulty of the Finnish language.

Kolme espanjalaista sairaanhoitajaa pöydän ääressä.
Image: Jarkko Heikkinen / Yle

The five are part of a group of eight Spanish nurses who came to the west-coast town of Vaasa last autumn on two-year contracts under the auspices of the Bothnia Work Project.

This is a regional body that promotes work-related immigration as a way of helping small and medium enterprises in recruiting professionals from abroad. It is run by the Employment and Economic Development Office of Vaasa and co-financed by the European Social Fund.

Project Director Riitta Lehtisalo says the decision of the five nurses was influenced by the high cost of living in Finland, the difficulty of the Finnish language and the cold climate.

The five have all found permanent jobs in London.

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