I am a 28-year-old architect and a city councillor (The greens) and I like to cycle every day. I am a candidate in Finland´s next parliamentary elections that will be held on 19 April 2015. Then 200 persons will be elected to the parliament to decide about the matters of Finland. In my opinion I have got what it takes to be a Member of Parliament. I have got vision, courage and despite my young age the tools that are needed in the Parliament. I would like to be a part of the change that makes politics more fair and open and I would like that the world would be a better place for us all to live.
My vision is that Finland would be a good place for us all to live in and a place where we take care of our weakest. Finland would be a place where everyone has the possibilities to fulfil oneself freely — without harming other people, the environment or the wildlife. This would be a place that guarantees wellbeing and resources also for the future generations.
The society should be changed so that the laws, statutes and decrees aim at increasing happiness. With happiness and wellbeing the productivity of people would get better and the amount of work and export would increase, so the whole society would benefit. Finland needs new ideas and understanding of what happiness and wellbeing are. For the most of us it is sufficient livelihood, health, close relationships, safety and freedom to fulfil oneself.
MORE FREE TIME
Despite the recession of the past years the economy of Finland has grown steadily during the last decades. The efficiency that the economic growth and technology have created should be changed to free time by improving the labour market system, increasing the flexibility of work and by creating a system that increases the freedom of choice. If we hire more part-time employees it would also mean that the work would be divided to several people.
More free time may be achieved also by creating a community where the daily commuting does not take a lot of time. It is clear that the distances between home, work place and services cause challenges in everyday life, they have their effect on the schedules, wellbeing and on the amount of free time. A good traffic system should favour walking, cycling and public transport.
MORE QUALIFIED LIVING
Everyone in Finland should have the right to live in a reasonably priced, comfortable and safe home. In addition to these factors the quality of living is based on the structural health of buildings and on their reasonable funding. The homes and neighbourhoods should be functional, comfortable and aestethically pleasant areas to live and they should be easily accessed from everywhere.
The population is getting older and the goal is that seniors could live in their own homes as long as possible and to change the structures of institutional elderly care. It is a good goal, if it is ensured that the homes and environments are safe and senior friendly places.
Several families with children hope that they would find their dream home from the cities. At the moment it is hard to find homes especially for bigger families from the city centres. The society should make it possible also for bigger families to live in cities by ensuring the production of decently priced large apartments also in densely inhabited areas.
Immigration and for instance the arrival of international experts have diversified the home requirements in Finland. The present residential production that produces identical apartments does not correspond to the complex residential demands. The cultural knowledge and involving the future residents in the planning process of the neighbourhoods and apartments would create homes that correspond to the demands.
BASIC INCOME AND EQUAL WORKING LIFE
One starting point for a good life is sufficient livelihood. The livelihood should cover a good home, healthy food and free time activities.
The present social security system has created a welfare trap for people who live on the social security contributions, as it forces people to be inactive in labour market. Even small steps to promote employment are beneficial for the individuals and for the whole society because work is an effective way to prevent marginalization, loneliness and to increase self-esteem. Basic income that would be paid every month for every adult Finnish citizen in Finland would make it always profitable to work.
The working life is unequal especially for young women. The unequal structures are connected with the temporary work that is common for young women and with the division of the costs of parental leave. In Finland the employer pays the costs of parental leave and this system burdens economically employers that have mostly women on the company payroll. We in Finland should move on to a model where the society pays for the employer the costs of parental leave.
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