In parts of the country, there are long periods of the year where the sun barely rises or sets, meaning daylight saving time barely saves any daylight at all.
Last year, a Finnish citizen’s petition on scrapping the practice was signed by 70,000 people. A parliamentary committee then consulted experts on the matter, who concluded the government should do what the petition asked.
The Finnish committee’s report concluded that biannual clock changes causes short-term sleeping disorders, impairs performance in the workplace, and can lead to longer-term health problems as people struggle to adapt.
However, supporters of daylight saving believe it can improve public safety, citing U.S. research pointing to a decrease in robberies after spring clock changes.
Speaking to NBC News in July, Nils Torvalds, a Finnish lawmaker in the European Parliament, said there was something of a consensus in the country.
“The message I get on my email, or whenever I’m somewhere in Finland, is that ‘could you please have this finished?’” he said.
Francis Whittaker reported from London, Andy Eckardt reported from Mainz, Germany.