Finland – National Regulations in Employment Law


We, the International Labour and Employment Group of Rödl & Partner, are happy to advise you on labour law issues (individual and collective) as well as social security law issues on a global, regional and local level. 
Below you will find basic information on national labour law provisions in Finland.

Interview with Timo Huhtala

Are there national and/or local collective agreements in the country that regulate labour relations?

Yes. There are both national collective agreements (per branch of activities) and local collective agreements (company level). 


Are there different legal rules by department/canton?




Is there and what is the staff threshold above which the presence of staff representatives is mandatory?

150 employees.

Are trade unions present in the company?

Yes. In companies that are a member of a trade union (membership not mandatory).


If applicable what is the applicable legal working time? 

Regular working hours maximum of 40 hours per week. Many collective agreements set regular working hours for 37,5 hours per week.


Is there a minimum wage set by law/collective agreements (yes/no)? 

No. Minimum wages set only in collective agreements.


What is the number of legal annual paid holidays?

Maximum holiday entitlement 30 days per year, counted from Monday to Saturday in case the holiday continues over the weekend.

Existence of specific classification of employees according to their functions/responsibilities? 

Yes. By collective agreements.


Obligation to set up complementary social insurance schemes (mutual insurance/provident fund/pension)?

No. In addition to statutory (mandatory) social security insurances, there is no further obligation.
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