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The Scandinavian-Welfare Myth Revisited

The Scandinavian-Welfare Myth Revisited | Finland | Scoop.it
Obama seems hell-bent on expanding the US welfare state at any cost, and of course no welfare-state debate is complete without bringing up the Scandinavian countries as the example of statism causing prosperity.

 

As the Heritage index shows, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland have more economic freedom than most of their European counterparts, including Germany, Austria, France, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, and Greece. While the Scandinavian countries do tend to have higher taxes and government spending than most other European states, the other states tend to have more regulation and less efficient and transparent legal systems, which cancel out the positive effects of the lower taxes.

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Interactive: The 100 richest people in Finland

Interactive: The 100 richest people in Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
November is the big gossip fest in Finland. Every year in the beginning of the month the tax records from last year are published. In other words: you get to know who made the most money.

 Every year the Finnish media outlets do a very conventional presentation of this material. Page after page of lists of top-earners. Rarely does anyone do anything more creative with the data.

I gave it a shot. This is what came out:------

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Niinistö: Higher taxes for the rich an option

Niinistö: Higher taxes for the rich an option | Finland | Scoop.it
Presidential candidate Sauli Niinistö of the National Coalition Party said in
an interview with the YLE breakfast show Ykkösaamu that an increase in
taxation for the rich is not out of question.
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Julieanne Jackson's curator insight, November 14, 2014 4:59 PM

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Hanna Brown's curator insight, November 17, 2014 2:41 PM

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Hanna Brown's curator insight, November 18, 2014 3:17 PM

Old car, new car, funny car...most any car in all conditions are readily accepted here at http://www.onlinecardonation.com/. Make a donation, make a difference, get a deduction on your taxes.  Free pick-up & no hassles.  We make the process easy and headache free.

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Future government to raise excise taxes

Future government to raise excise taxes | Finland | Scoop.it
The new coalition government that is expected to be formed very soon plans to raise excise taxes in order to bring in about EUR 660 million. The matter was sealed in the economic package approved by the six parties working on forming a new government.
Excise taxes are levied on electricity, heating fuels, petrol and diesel oil, tobacco, alcohol, sweets, ice cream, and soft drinks...
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With Causes Charities's curator insight, November 17, 2014 4:17 PM

One way to get money BACK on your taxes, is donating to charity. Not only are you helping others in need, you get the tax deduction and de-clutter http://www.charityboats.org/  accepts all kinds of donations which includes cars, collectibles, boats real estate, and more. They pick everything up free of charge and quickly.  

Julieanne Jackson's curator insight, November 18, 2014 2:06 PM

Receive a tax break by donating to charity.  Experience the benefits of donating for deductions.  http://www.collectibleswithcauses.org/ accepts collectibles, real estate, all different vehicles, even aircraft.  Take advantage of tax deductible donations.

Hanna Brown's curator insight, November 18, 2014 3:16 PM

Large or small car, old car, funny car..Any car.. Receive a tax deduction, free pick-up & no hassles. http://www.onlinecardonation.com/ makes the process easy and headache free.

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24 Hours Vancouver: Finns put public first

24 Hours Vancouver: Finns put public first | Finland | Scoop.it
Finland is a welfare state with a concept of government in which the state plays a key role in the protection and promotion of the social well-being of its citizens. It was founded on the principles of equality of opportunity, equitable distribution of wealth, and public responsibility for those unable to avail themselves of the minimal provisions for a good life.

How does it do it, how can the Finns afford their utopia? In Finland, tax isn't a swear word, rather it is considered to be a necessity for a civilized society.
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Confectioners Bitter Over Sweet Tax

Confectioners Bitter Over Sweet Tax | Finland | Scoop.it
A sweet tax introduced at the beginning of the year has left confectioners with a bitter after-taste.
According to reports in regional dailies, the merchants believe that the sweet tax has opened up the field to a growing number of shady trading practices and resulting legal battles.
They claim that some confectioners are developing new products which are essentially sweets, but which they are re-classifying as other food items - in some cases as biscuits - in order to avoid the tax.
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Estonia challenges Finland’s economic model

Estonia challenges Finland’s economic model | Finland | Scoop.it

Investment banker Joakim Helenius says Estonia is more capable of handling competition than Finland.

“This is an unusual situation. There are two neighbouring countries that are close to each other, but which have very different taxation policies – Finland (progressive taxation) and Estonia (a 21 per cent flat tax). There are not many cases like this. This might actually be the only one in the world.”
Helenius feels that Estonia has better chances to prevail, because Estonia has virtually no net state debt.
“There are no pressures to raise taxes, whereas in Finland and the other Nordic Countries there are.”

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Who are the richest people in Finland?

November is the big gossip fest in Finland. Every year in the beginning of the month the tax records from last year are published. In other words: you get to know who made the most money.

Every year the Finnish media outlets do a very conventional presentation of this material. Page after page of lists of top-earners. Rarely does anyone do anything more creative with the data.

I gave it a shot. This is what came out: http://jensfinnas.com/dataist/taxtop/

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Tax Justice Network: Letter from Helsinki - Finland gets serious

Tax Justice Network: Letter from Helsinki - Finland gets serious | Finland | Scoop.it
We are delighted to see this report from Matti Ylönen in Finland:

Work for tax justice has been bearing fruit in Finland. The government programme of the new majority coalition government states that "Finland will be in the frontline in ending international tax evasion" and will "act to shut down tax havens". Specifically, Finland will:...
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Government negotiators ready for new tax rises

Government negotiators ready for new tax rises | Finland | Scoop.it
The six party chairs involved in the talks have agreed that the new government will ensure that the state budget balances. If the deficit gets too large, the government will decide annually on new tax increases or spending cuts.
The negotiators have agreed that Finland’s good credit rating should not be endangered in any circumstances. If government debt as a proportion of GDP does not fall, or if the deficit rises above one percent of GDP, the new government will be prepared to tighten its belt each year.
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Keijo Knutas IT Blog: Nokia Collapsed - Municipalities Lost Millions Of Euros In Finland

Keijo Knutas IT Blog: Nokia Collapsed - Municipalities Lost Millions Of Euros In Finland | Finland | Scoop.it
After Nokia's revenue faded, also Nokia based municipalities has lost millions. Year 2007 Nokia paid €1.3 billion in community taxes, where Nokia's home municipalities, Oulu, Salo, Espoo and Tampere could share almost €300 million.
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Finland for global or European financial tax | Reuters

HELSINKI, May 11 (Reuters) - Finland will push for a European Union- wide financial transaction tax if it cannot secure a global agreement, the prime minister-designate said on Wednesday.
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Why is Finland so rich?

Why is Finland so rich? | Finland | Scoop.it
James, a loyal MR reader, has a request: Why is Finland, with its tax distortions and subsidies, as rich as it is?
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