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Minister of Employment Haatainen to visit Sweden’s Samhall that employs people with partial work ability

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment
18.10.2021 8.14
Press release
Minister of Employment Tuula Haatainen

Minister of Employment Tuula Haatainen and Under-Secretary of State Elina Pylkkänen will visit Stockholm on 18 October 2021. The programme includes a meeting with Sweden’s Minister for Employment Eva Nordmark and a visit to the Samhall company. Finland's new state-owned company to promote employment of the most disadvantaged people with partial work ability has been modelled after Samhall.

Samhall is a limited liability company wholly-owned by Sweden that offers jobs to people with partial work ability who are unable to find work in the open labour market. Finland has utilised the positive experiences gained from Samhall in preparing its new special assignment company.

“Sweden’s Samhall company is a well-functioning concept that I and the Government believe in,” Haatainen says.

“The new state-owned company is above all a tool for employing people with partial work ability, who are in the most difficult position and who until now have been overlooked and invisible,” she adds.

The Government will submit to Parliament a proposal on a new special assignment company on 21 October 2021. The company would start operations during 2022.

In addition to the employment of people with partial work ability, Haatainen will discuss immigrants’ access to the labour market, among other topics. The visit also includes a visit to the Swedish National Mediation Office (Medlingsinstitutet). 

Inquiries:
Piritta Jokelainen, Special Adviser to the Minister of Employment, tel. +358 295 047 353 Leila Vilhunen, Chief Specialist, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 295 047 120 

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