Finland

Finland

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Dec 07, 2015 7:14 pm

This Scandinavian country is changing how it gives its citizens social benefits. Every citizen will be given the same monthly amount in lieu of benefits.
But some Finnish initiatives are worth noting anyway: For instance, Finland is considering a plan to give every citizen about $850 per month—no matter whether the money goes to someone who is unemployed, retired or has a job. The benefit would not be taxed and would replace all benefits currently paid by the country's social security system.

At first glimpse, the idea appears to be the easiest way to raise unemployment. But the Finnish government wants to achieve the opposite and thinks it has the right idea. Unemployment already is at a record high in the country—partly because those affected faced a harsh trade-off in the past: Unemployed people who accept a temporary job often receive less money, compared to their previous unemployment benefits. Considering an average wage of $3,600 per month, a basic income of $850 does not amount to a lot.

http://www.thespec.com/news-story/6162668-why-finland-might-soon-pay-every-citizen-850-per-month/
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Re: Finland

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Jan 04, 2017 11:04 pm

2017 will be the 100th year of Finland's existence as an independent country. There will be celebrations to mark the anniversary.

http://suomifinland100.fi/tehdaan-yhdessa/?lang=en

A Facebook page called thisisFINLAND spotlights various things unique to Finland. https://www.facebook.com/thisisfinlandFB/?fref=nf
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