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Monday's papers: Age discrimination, vaccine hopes and RBG's love of Swedish

Media outlets in Finland say ageism in the workplace is mainly a women's issue.

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Women over 55 face more age-related discrimination in the workforce than other groups, studies show. Image: Jani Aarnio / Yle

Age discrimination in the workplace mainly affects women aged 55 to 64 in Finland, five percent of whom report being the target of ageism, reports Helsingin Sanomat in a popular article on Monday morning.

Being highly educated doesn’t necessarily protect women from experiencing this type of bias. Female managers and civil servants report the highest incidence of age-related discrimination, according to studies by the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.

The government is meanwhile looking to get 10,000 more people over the age of 55 into the workforce to help meet employment targets.

To help improve employment in the 55 to 64 age group and improve attitudes regarding older workers, PM Sanna Marin’s administration has suggested removing the decades-old practice of grandfathering senior workers out of the labour force through early retirement (known as eläkeputki in Finnish). The government has now passed the matter on to labour market groups for consideration.

Trials and stockpiles

Readers of online paper Uusi Suomi are meanwhile flocking to a story reporting that pharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca and Pfizer are stockpiling coronavirus vaccines in warehouses while phase three clinical trials are underway.

"The most optimistic estimates suggest Covid-19 vaccines would go on sale this year, but recently there’s been some alarming news from vaccine candidates now furthest down the pipeline. This would make a vaccine available no earlier than next year," said Hanna Nohynek, chief physician and vaccine expert at national health institute THL.

Scientists behind a Finnish project to produce a coronavirus vaccine have meanwhile said their vaccine should be ready by autumn 2021, well behind leading researchers internationally.

RBG's Nordic connection

Readers of Swedish-language daily Hufvudstadsbladet have taken an interest in a story reporting that the late US supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg spoke Swedish, having regularly travelled to Sweden since the 1960s.

"She liked our system. At the time Sweden was at the forefront of gender equality and human rights in general--these were issues close to her heart. I believe Sweden played an important role in helping to shape her worldview, and this was something that she also said through the years," Stockholm-based human rights activist Gerald Nagler said of the senior liberal justice.

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