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Finland Faces Labour Force Decline

Finland loses up to 20,000 people from its work force annually, a Ministry of Labour report claims. The number of people retiring will exceed those entering the work force for the next three decades.

Various ideas for a more efficient use of the domestic labour force are presented in the report.

The country's large reserve of unemployed is of particular significance. Their ability to return to the labour market should be encouraged. This demands a more active and progressive employment policy.

Efforts to improve employment policy measures should be targetted more specifically to different age groups. Older unemployed people should be encouraged not to immediately retire.

Employers taking on unemployed disabled people should be compensated to make up for any loss of productivity, the reports suggests.

Unskilled people are the hardest to employ. The report proposes raising the upper age limit of studying by one year in order to promote vocational training.

More Language Training for Immigrants

The Labour Ministry's report notes that domestic resources alone cannot solve Finland's labour shortage. Immigration must be encouraged and Finland's brain-drain must be stopped.

Deficient linguistic skills often prevent the employment of immigrants. The report calls on officials to provide adequate training in the Finnish language to tackle the problem.


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