Internal restructuring
Location of affected unit(s)
Transportation / Storage
Land, Water And Air Transportation
Water Transport
50.1 - Sea and coastal passenger water transport

110 - 180 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
23 October 2020
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 October 2020


Viking Line, a shipping company, has concluded co-operation negotiations and will dismiss up to 180 employees working in ground services on the Åland Islands and elsewhere in Finland. Approximately 70 of the dismissed employees will be offered new positions with new employment terms. 

According to the company, restructuring is needed in order to adapt to the changes in the market caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A large majority of employees working in ground service and on the ferries are temporarily laid-off.

In addition to the dismissals of employees working in ground service in the Åland Islands and Finland, the company announced that it will dismiss 76 employees working on the Swedish-flagged Viking Cinderella and 56 jobs on the Estonian-flagged Viking XPRS. 

Viking Line is a shipping company that operates in the Baltic Sea. The company is based in the Åland Islands. 



Eurofound (2020), Viking Line, Internal restructuring in Finland, factsheet number 102185, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/102185.