Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin recently struck a nerve when she suggested that the working week should be reduced from five to four days. European media went into overdrive, discussing if such a move was practical.
Reducing long working hours has been at the core of trade union activity on the continent. Most Europeans now work 40 hours a week on average, a far cry from the backbreaking 70 hours of the 19th century. Yet, in the age of digitisation and a rise in home-office work, the topic has returned to centre stage.