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SuomiAreena 2021: How to pep up fathers for equal parental leave

16.07.21 | Viðburður
Pappa med två barn

pappa med två barn

Moa Karlberg
In the autumn of 2021, parental leave is due to be reformed in Finland and fathers will be given an opportunity to stay at home with their children longer. How can we change the attitude of parents, employers and society towards fathers on parental leave? Nordic fathers use only 10 to 30 percent of the total parental leave but are still the best in the world at taking parental leave to be with their young children.


08:45 - 09:15

Nordiskt pop-up café på Kappeli

Fringe event


Welcome to our Nordic pop-up café where we engage in discussions over breakfast about the challenges that fathers will meet as they share the parental leave with their partner. How can fathers persuade other fathers to stay home longer with their children?

Joining the discussion:

  • Hanna Sarkkinen, Finnish Minister of Social Affairs and Health
  • Petri Kolmonen, Chair, Barnens rättigheter, registered association
  • Markus Lyyra, Advisor, Pohjola-Norden, registered association


The Nordic pop-up café is open between 08:30 and 10:00 on the Kappeli terrace.

The discussion starts at 08:45 and is organised in collaboration with Pohjola-Norden. Welcome!