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Monday's papers: Positive discrimination, Brexit and pandemic parenting

Will Helsinki’s positive recruitment strategy help minority candidates?

Mies ja nainen kulkevat työpaikan pyöröovesta.
Research in Finland has suggested a clear hierarchy of applicants with white Finnish women at the top and Somali men at the bottom. Image: Tiina Jutila / Yle

The city of Helsinki says it will apply positive discrimination in some of its recruitments next year, reports business magazine Talouselämä.

The city’s HR specialist, Aino Lääkkölä-Pyykönen, said the goal was to improve the standing of applicants from underrepresented groups.

"The selection of applicants will, however, be determined on a case-by-case basis. That said, the process won’t automatically favour applicants from underrepresented groups," she told TE.

Last year Helsinki began implementing anonymous recruitment measures in a push for more equal hiring practices within the city organisation.

Finns and Brexit

Thousands of Finns living in the United Kingdom could lose their right to live and work in the country after the Brexit transition period ends on 31 December, reports Swedish-language daily Hufvudstadsbladet.

To continue living in the country, Finns, like other citizens in the bloc, must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme. However, the Finnish Embassy in London said it estimates that thousands of Finns have yet to submit paperwork that would grant them full right to benefits like healthcare and pension if they’ve lived in the country for more than five years.

Modern parenting

Many Finnish cities will see new coronavirus restrictions rolled out on Monday, but instead of flocking to stories about the pandemic, Helsingin Sanomat’s readers are most interested in something close home — parenting.

Today's parents may not be spanking or shaming their kids the way older generations used to, but that doesn't mean they're doing a perfect job either, according to HS.

Psychology professor Lea Pulkkinen said screen time was getting in the way of raising well-rounded little people. She noted that kids today risked becoming depressed as parents’ constant screen use was affecting family interaction.

The professor also noted Finland’s shift towards a 24/7 society has meant that an increasing number of children were spending more time at home by themselves, which is not necessarily a good thing.

Finland has prohibited the use of corporal punishment for kids since 1984.

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