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Last updated: 19.12.2023

The impact of mid-week public holidays on the work and on the annual holiday

The working time, extra pay, and holiday rules for Christmas, New Year, Epiphany and Easter are different in different collective agreement sectors. In all collective agreement sectors, there are special rules for these that differ from normal everyday work.

Mid-week public holidays are not automatically free for all. Independence Day is the only mid-week holiday that will always be free, based on the law, when the day would have otherwise been a working day for the worker.

100% extra will be paid for work that is done on Sundays, religious holidays, 1 May, and Finnish Independence Day (6 December).

Religious holidays are:

  • Christmas Day (25 December)
  • Boxing Day (26 December)
  • New Year’s Day (1 January)
  • The Epiphany (6 January)
  • Good Friday
  • Easter Sunday
  • Easter Monday
  • Ascension Day
  • Whitsunday (Pentecost)
  • Midsummer Day
  • All Saints’ Day.

1 May and Independence Day are not religious holidays, but are similar.

PAM has made an agreement with employer organisations on paid holidays that workers will get in connection with mid-week public holidays. The number of free days and the pay for them are different in different sectors. In the collective agreements made by PAM, these are called reduction in working time (työajan lyhennys).

Click here to read more about reduction in working time in different sectors

Christmas and New Year’s 2023-2024

Working hours, extra pay and holiday arrangements at Christmas, New Year and Epiphany differ across different agreement sectors. However, in all sectors they differ from normal everyday life.

Rules and extra pay in different sectors

Click the link for your own sector’s collective agreement and read more about the working time rules and the extra pay system for Christmas, the New Year and Easter.

Annual holiday around Christmas and Easter

If you are on annual holiday during weeks 52 and 1, you will have Christmas Eve and Boxing Day free without using any of the holiday days you have earned. Also, Sundays are free without using holiday days for them.

If you have annual holiday around Easter, the following days are free without using holiday days on them:

  • Good Friday
  • Easter Saturday
  • Easter Sunday
  • Easter Monday.

These days are free without using the holiday days that a worker has earned.

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