HELSINKI : In the midst a regional security crisis that has lasted for many decades, as Finland is still waiting to be a member of NATO, but the defense minister chose to take nearly two months off parental leave. leave His job.
Also Finns They don’t bat an eyelid. And so it is with their Nordic They are used to work-life and family-oriented social policies.
Minister for Defence Antti KaikkonenA 48-year old father of two makes an inspiring argument for Beginning January 6, the father took parental leave in order to be primarily with his son, aged six months.
“Children remain small only for a moment, and I want to remember it in ways other than just photos,” Kaikkonen posted a tweet, assuring Finland’s security “will be in good hands”.
He told Finnish media agency STT later that he had said this. “although ministerial duties are very important to me, you’ve got to be able to put family first at some point”.
The five Nordic countries — Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden — have made gender equality a top priority in their policies, and that includes encouraging dads to spend more time with their children.
Both parents receive parental leave for 480 days in Sweden. leave per child, with each parent able to use half — 240 — of those days, which are also transferable. Additional 180 days may be granted in the event of multiple births. for Every additional child.
Finland’s gender neutral parental initiative was launched in September. leave System that allows both parents to receive 160 days paid leave Each and every one to share a set number of days.
The Nordic countries have seen top male politicians use their paternal grandparents. leave While rights are granted to an extent, it is still uncommon.
Denmark Finance Minister Nicolai Wammen initiated a two month-long program. paternity leave In late 2020, he said that his son “has mostly seen his father on TV”.
The former Danish ministers for immigration are also encouraged to take this action. Mattias TesfayeJoy Mogensen.
Finland’s former Prime Minister Paavo LipponenThe pioneer of combining fatherhood and politics, was a paternal grandfather. leave In the far distant 1998, however for It lasted much less time. Lipponen is now at 81 and has received a lot of positive media coverage internationally for His family arrangements.
Beyond the Ukraine war and rumblings from neighbouring Russia, the Finnish defence minister’s move also comes at a politically sensitive time: Finland faces a general election in early April, and its NATO accession is in limbo mainly due to resistance from alliance member Turkey — which claims Finland and neighbouring NATO candidate Sweden must first address its concerns over alleged activities of Kurdish militants in the two countries.
Turkey and Hungary are yet to ratify the application of Finland or Sweden by their parliaments. Other NATO countries have done the same.
Helsingin Sanomat Finland, Finland’s largest newspaper, said that Finland will join NATO after its new government is in office. leaveIt contained, as it was “a message to society”.
“Observers outside Finland may not only be surprised but also sympathise with the fact that the defense minister can take paternity leave right now. At least it shows that there’s no panic in Finland,” Helsingin Sanomat stated.
Seinajoki University of Applied Sciences researcher Emilia Kangas said that Finland has experienced a significant shift in attitudes over the last decade towards parenthood that is equal between mother and father.
Kaikkonen’s paternity leave “tells much about our (Nordic) values and welfare society”, Kangas said.
Paternity leave has become common in the Nordic corporate world.
“I do encourage everyone in efforts to take time off when kids are small,” Antti Hakarainen, a financial consultant at KPMG Advisory Services Helsinki said that he was a father of three boys. The father of three young boys, Antti Hakkarainen took eight months to complete the task. leave 2007
“That time has been one of the highlights of my life so far,” He said.