Finland to pay every citizen $1,100 per month and scrap all other benefits in effort to reduce unemployment rate

By Adam Bolt, The Telegraph

Finland’s government is drawing up plans to pay every citizen a basic income of euros 800 ($1,165) each month, scrapping benefits altogether.

Under proposals drafted by the Finnish Social Insurance Institution (Kela), the tax-free payments would replace all other benefit payments, and would be paid to all adults regardless of whether or not they receive any other income.

While it may sound counterintuitive, the basic income is intended to encourage more people back to work in Finland, where unemployment is at record levels. At present, many unemployed people would be worse off if they took on low-paid temporary jobs due to loss of welfare payments.

More than 10 per cent of Finland’s workforce is unemployed, rising to 22.7 per cent among younger workers.

A survey commissioned by Kela found that close to 70 per cent of the population favours the idea of a national basic income.

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Pakistan is tolerate society and one of the least racist countries in the world: Survey

Pakistan one of the least racist countries in the world: Survey

Pakistan has been ranked as one of the least racist countries in the world, according to a report in the Washington Post.

Data tabulated from the World Values Survey, compiled by two Swedish economists, implied that Pakistanis was among the more racially tolerant countries.

The surveyors asked respondents in more than 80 different countries to identify the sorts of people they would not wish to have as neighbours. Some replied, “people of a different race.” It was concluded that this question could serve as an accurate indicator of racial tolerance in different countries.

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