In large cities, young people do not take a license, but a driver’s license is required in many professions

Those who grew up in big cities and got a job in a small village are in the most vulnerable position.

If before, almost all residents of Finland received the rights upon reaching the age of 18, but now their share has noticeably decreased. This is especially true of young people in large cities.

In 2016, a third of eighteen-year-old Helsinki residents got rights in Helsinki, and in 2019, only a quarter of them were. In Tampere, young people travel more often, but there is a downward trend. Over the two years from 2017 to 2019, the share fell from 50 to 43 percent. The Department of Transport and Communications Traficom confirms this trend:

– Young people have begun to pay more attention to environmental issues. This is a noticeable trend and definitely one of the reasons for the phenomenon. In big cities, public transport is normal and parking fees are quite high, says Traficom specialist Marjo Immonen .

Young people are confident that they can cope without a driver’s license. Therefore, it may come as a surprise to them when the question of eligibility comes up for a job interview. Rights may be needed in the most unexpected professions – especially if you have to work in a region with a low population density.

– For example, at a city water utility or at power plants, those employed in service must move between objects by car. The same goes for social workers. To effectively use the working time, you will have to use a car, – says Sami Uusitalo from the Tampere City Administration, a major employer.

Moreover, even those vacancies for which the list of requirements indicates the availability of rights, not closed to those who cannot drive. So, for example, there is a sorely lack of nurses, so the home care service will be happy even for those who do not have a driver’s license.

In small settlements, young people are more actively learning to drive. The highest rate is in South Pohjanmaa, where 77 percent of 18-year-olds are eligible.

The most vulnerable situation is a young person who grew up in a large city and found a job in a small village. Rights also make it easier to change careers in the future.