Hotel manager Tio Tikka told the AP that they were looking for a “dynamic person to write a quality blog” about their experience living in the “best spot of summery Helsinki.” Being able to doze off is not the only job requirement. You must be fluent in Finnish and English to apply. Knowledge of Russian is an advantage.
According to the AP, some 600 people have applied for the sleeper position so far. Applications are accepted until the end of April and the 35-day gig officially starts on May 17.
Hotel Finn is not the first to hunt for professional sleepers. A Chinese woman surnamed Zhuang was selected in 2010 out of 7,800 candidates as a hotel test sleeper for the Chinese online travel platform Qunar.
According to CNN, this type of campaign became increasingly after Ben Southall beat 35,000 applicants from 200 countries to win the “best job in the world” as caretaker of Hamilton Island on the Great Barrier Reef after hugely successful Tourism Queensland campaign in 2009.