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The excellent analysis on the aging European population shows the
societal challenges in the EU member states (1). The rapid aging of
Finnish workforce was noted in the late 1990´s (2) which led to three
consecutive gonvernmental programmes, i.e. the Aging Worker Programme,
Well-Being at Work Programme and the Attractivity of Work Programme. They
may partially account for success in Finland tabulated in the article
(Fig. 1 and ref. 3).
Apart from the actions at the workplace level, the Finnish approach
also included a retirement reform. The employees can retire between 63 and
68 years of age with 65 as the norm. Before 65, one gets a diminished
pension while one gains when retiring after 65 years of age.
1 Doyle Y, McKee M, Rechel B, Grundy E. Meeting the challenge of
population ageing. BMJ 2009; 339: b3926
2 Yrjänheikki E, Savolainen H. Occupational safety and health in
Finland. J Safety Res 2000; 31: 177-183
3 Hurmalainen M, Savolainen H, Yrjänheikki E. Occupational health
care in Finland. The Parliament (Magazine of the European Parliament)
2007; issue 253
No competing interests
16 October 2009
Dept. of Occup.Safety & Hlth, FIN-33101 Tampere, Finland