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Finnish Telecommunications Company DNA the First Company in Finland to Introduce Grandparental Leave


The employees of Finnish telecommunications company DNA who become grandparents are entitled to one week’s paid grandparental leave. The aim of the leave is to promote family-friendliness at the workplace even at a later stage of the career.

DNA participates in the Family-Friendly Workplace pilot project of Väestöliitto, the Family Federation of Finland. The aim of the project is to promote family-friendly attitudes and practices at workplaces.

“The possibility of balancing working life with personal life is one of the key factors for the well-being of our employees. We participate in the project, because we want to be among Finland’s best places to work. We believe that we are the first company in Finland to offer paid grandparental leave to the employees,” says Marko Rissanen, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at DNA.

The paid grandparental leave is available to grandparents of children born after 1 January 2017. Employees who have become grandparents through adoption are also entitled to the leave.

“The grandparental leave should be used for spending time with the family within a year from the birth of a grandchild. The only support network many new mothers and fathers have may be far away, and it is important that grandparents can be present when they are needed.”

“DNA is already a very family-friendly working place, as employees can freely select where they work without having to ask for a separate permission from their managers. However, the grandparental leave will be available as a new benefit in the entire organisation,” Rissanen concludes.

More information about benefits for families in Finland:

DNA Plc is a Finnish telecommunications group providing high-quality voice, data and TV services for communication, entertainment and working. DNA is Finland’s largest cable operator and the leading pay TV provider in both cable and terrestrial networks. For DNA, the key area for growth in corporate business is the new way of working. In 2016, DNA recorded net sales of EUR 859 million and an operating profit of EUR 91 million. DNA has more than 3.8 million subscriptions in its fixed and mobile communications networks. DNA shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. For further information, visit

Contact information

DNA Corporate Communications
tel. +358 44 044 8000
Hanna Haapakoski, Sustainability Manager
tel. +358 44 044 5206

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