Public health authorities in south-west Finland are hiring Spanish nurses to help fill a shortfall in healthcare workers.
The Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment in the Satakunta region is interviewing nurses in Spain, which has the EU's highest unemployment rate. The first recruits will soon begin taking Finnish-language courses before beginning work here in November.
The pilot programme has piqued the interest of Spanish healthcare workers.
More than 2,000 nurses from all over Spain have applied to take part. The project's coordinator, Samuli Jalkanen, says that the first recruits are being chosen from the northern Basque Country.