Repeatedly dubbed the happiest nation on the planet with world-beating living standards, Finland should be deluged by people wanting to relocate, but in fact it faces an acute workforce shortage.
A recruiter from agency Talented Solutions said, “It’s now widely acknowledged…we need a spectacular number of people to come to the country.” Workers are needed “to help cover the cost of the greying generation.”
While many Western countries are battling weak population growth, few are feeling the effects as sharply as Finland.
With 39 over-65s per 100 working-age people, it is second only to Japan in the extent of its ageing population, according to the UN, which forecasts that by 2030 the “old age dependency ratio” will rise to 48.
The government has warned the nation of 5.5 million needs to double immigration levels to 20,000 to 30,000 a year to maintain public services and plug a looming pensions deficit.