Trading hours law passed
The Parliament of Finland adopted a government bill that will make it possible for shops to be open on Sundays year-round. 107 Members voted for the bill and 53 against.
According to the new law – to enter into force as soon as possible – shops with more than 400 square metres of retail area may trade between midday and 6 p.m. on Sundays (not on public holidays). Shops with less than 400 square metres will have free opening hours.
Helsinki Times, Finnish Parliament passes trading hours law
Wednesday, 18 November 2009 15:09
The Finnish Parliament on Wednesday passed into law a bill that relaxes curbs on trading hours, the biggest change being year-round Sunday trading.
Toimi Kankaanniemi, a Christian Democrat MP, filed a motion to reject the bill, with 107 lawmakers voting for the bill and 53 against. Two abstained and 37 MPs were absent from the second reading of the bill.
Under the new law shops with more than 400 square metres of retail area may trade between midday and 6pm on Sundays but not on public holidays.
The old Trading Hours Act restricts Sunday trading in large shops to May through August and November-December.
The new law also allows shops with less than 400 square metres of retail space to trade 24 hours a day.
The law is to enter into force as soon as possible.