D - Discrimination
Recruitment and work life in Finland can be subjected to discrimination. Race and gender are often understood and perceived as discriminatory factors. But your age, religion, gender, sexual orientation and other factors can also be discriminative.
In Finland, it is illegal to ask for certain personal information such as your family situation, whether you have children or planning to have some, your age etc. These are personal information that you are not expected to disclose. You are of course allowed to do so if you consider that they might be relevant for your application.
If you face or suspect to face discrimination during a hiring process or at your workplace, contact the non-discrimination Ombudsman.
Discrimination and racism may be difficult topics to discuss about with your partner, who might have had very different experiences from you. Open dialogue is very important for you to feel supported and not isolated, and several NGOs organize peer support groups for you to meet people who share similar experiences.
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