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Extending Working Life in Finland

by Marten von Werder / Anna-Elisabeth Thum
22 November 2013

Extending Working Life in Finland

Marten von Werder / Anna-Elisabeth Thum

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This report reviews national and private initiatives to allow the elderly to continue their participation in the Finnish labour market and provides an analysis of the labour market and living conditions of seniors. We are interested in how those over 50 can be engaged in various forms of employment and lifelong learning. We find strong evidence that Finland generally provides good institutional conditions for active ageing. The quick and early ageing process was tackled by the fundamental pension reform that already prolonged retirement substantially and will probably facilitate later retirement as the attitudes concerning retirement change. On the other hand, Finland still seems to lag behind the other Nordic welfare states, has considerable problems in providing the same health conditions to low educated people in physically demanding occupations and could – – with respect to family pension in particular – invest further efforts in reforming the pension system. While many of the reforms Finland has conducted seem to be favourable and transferable to other European countries that still face the steepest phases of ageing in their societies, a reluctance towards changing attitudes that we observe in Finland, shows that organizing active ageing is a long-term project.

Marten von Werder is Intern and Anna-Elisabeth Thum is Research Fellow at CEPS.


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    Marten von Werder
    Marten von Werder
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    Anna-Elisabeth Thum
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Extending Working Life in Finland
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