What are Sports Vouchers (Virikeseteli) in Finland?

Employee benefits often reflect the culture of the country of employment, and international employers may find some unusual benefits in other parts of the world.  In Finland, there is an emphasis on work/life balance and supporting employees to achieve that. 

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One way that is possible is by offering your employees sports vouchers to help fund their recreational activities.

What is Virikeseteli?

Virikeseteli is a recreational benefit in the form of sports vouchers, that allows the employee to enjoy athletic venues and facilities in their free time.  The advantage for employers is that healthy and fit employees will often perform better, deal with stress more easily and have greater well-being.

Employees have numerous choices of how to use their sports vouchers including golfing, skiing, bowling, and even cultural events if they are not athletically inclined.

Is Virikeseteli mandatory for the employer to provide?

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