The Kittilä gold mine in Finnish Lapland

Swedish Miners to Finland?

Finland is planning on reversing centuries old labor migration patterns.

Swedish Radio News reports that plans for new mines in Finnish Lapland mean there will be a demand for Swedish labor. Over the next five years the projects are expected to create between 12,000 and 13,000 jobs.

But northern Finland suffers from the same problems of the adjacent areas of Sweden, with many people, often young adults, moving to southern cities looking for work.

A new gold mine opened 100 kilometers east of the Swedish border last year. By 2015 four more mining projects are expected to be in operation in Finnish Lapland. Experienced workers will be needed, as well as service companies with experience in mining. Both are available in northern Sweden.

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the separation of Finland from Sweden, a union extending back to the Middle Ages. Traditionally many Finns have been attracted to work in Sweden, with very little labor migration in the opposite direction.

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