National jealousy Day in Finland.

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National Jealousy Day, Finland.

 

It’s a well-known fact that through the decades the social democratic nations of the world consistently outperform most other democracies. And this outperformance is not just based on money only but includes social cohesion, societal levels of fairness and equality, empathy for others, acceptance and tolerance of differences, lower incarceration rates. Those social democratic nations are mainly concentrated in Northern Europe and the Scandinavian countries, including Finland.

Each year on the 1st of November, Finland publishes the names of all taxpayers and lists  all their earnings and the amount of tax they have paid. On that day, very early in the morning many people have spend hours queued up to get their first glimpse of those that have paid the highest amounts of taxation. It s seen almost like an honour to have paid the highest taxation therefore helping paying for the things that Finland strives for  to improve the country. Under the freedom of information Finland decided to lists those details in order to inform people of how much, where and by whom the taxation is paid for.

Have a look; https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2018/11/finland-has-just-published-everyone-s-taxes-on-national-jealousy-day/

In Australia we don’t publish a list of taxpayers but instead we have the annual list of the richest which seems to be shamelessly published each year. We seem to tolerate with a nudge and wink how most of those very rich are happy to evade taxation and there is a  sense of admiration on how in Australia we treat taxation as an evil best avoided and lowered as much as possible. Apart from the US I know of no other country where taxation is held with such contempt, all richly manured and egged on by our shallow lot of politicians.

Indeed, with the present race for a national election of Government, it seems essential by most parties to lower taxation and give back taxation to the people and seen by many as a Trump card to win Government.  At the same time we witness almost on a nightly basis, TV footage of the brutalisation of our elderly in our underfunded understaffed and undertrained ‘Aged Care’. Each time the Australian Government gives a tax cut, your mum and dad will suffer the consequences in Aged Care. Your son and daughter will suffer in education, and the pensioner will eat Spam and Gruel.

Think about it! Look how in the US, Donald Trump is twisting and turning in order to avoid making his financial records public. Is that true democracy or is this a disgrace? Look at how in Australia many private hospitals are now listed in the tax havens of the Cayman Islands. How is this allowed to happen?

We used to be a fair nation!

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14 Responses to “National jealousy Day in Finland.”

  1. auntyuta Says:

    We used to be a fair nation, Gerard? Is that right! If indeed we were a ‘fair’ nation, what has changed? Who determines the politics in our country now or in the past?
    However, what indeed impressed me most in your post, dear Gerard, is what you write about some people’s boasting about how much tax they have been paying and being very proud of it. To be told that such people do exist gives me enormous hope that a fair and just world is indeed possible. 🙂

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      You are right, Uta. To improve a country a collective will has to thrive to make that happen. That’s why generous revenue has to be raised to at least be able to pay for what a society needs. A roof above our heads, education, health and a fair pension. I noticed that Finland for the second year running is also number 1 in the happiness stake.

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  2. berlioz1935 Says:

    Thanks for pointing out a few facts and the truth. We have become a totally immoral country through the actions of the Liberal Party government. I was so free and put it up on my FaceBook page.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Thanks for doing that, Berlioz. I am so pleased when people point out the basic flaw that cutting taxes means poverty.
      I am pleased that at least the Labor party is stopping the dividend imputation rort on shares.
      A few years ago now, the Swedish Government was returned in power by promising NOT to lower taxation.

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  3. freefall852 Says:

    Australia, in my early working years used to have a solid, trusted and efficient bureaucracy that worked well…since the time of Fraser/Howard, it has been corrupted or had it’s teeth drawn….I have to sadly say that I no longer even have trust in the electoral commission..let alone the federal policing forces or the “intelligence” services..the nation has become corrupt right down to the citizen base…..If Labor gain office, I cannot see how they can clean up the stacked dept’s without a total clean-out of the sleepers and moles put in place by the LNP. …many on social media of the day begged Rudd to do it..but he was so vain he thought perhaps God would do him a favour and fix it…….he didn’t.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      My father back in sixties was perplexed by the annual sport of filling in his tax return. He was given all sorts of tips to lower his taxation contribution for a fairer society. At the same time, my parents suffered for many years, their severely sick schizophrenic son wandering the streets. It was total neglect, bordering on the criminal.

      Is it any different today?

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      • freefall852 Says:

        Well…in both times of neglect, there was a LNP gov’ in situ…and the modus operandi of them appears to be : “All for one…one for none but themselves”…..there is this fool’s paradise that believes that a single entrepreneurial individual can survive and prosper without a society to support them…I am surprised they do not stop to consider..at that most vulnerable of times while at their ablutions…just where and by what process their excerment is taken from their plush residence without even a stench remaining!

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  4. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    I wonder the same thing about the world. 😦 It’s sad. And maddening. 😦
    I guess individual people, leaders especially, are no longer fair, trustworthy, unselfish, compassionate, honest, empathetic, wise, etc., so it has affected the nations and the peoples in them. 😦
    (((HUGS)))
    PS…another great blog post, Gerard!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      When enough people care and show empathy for others, change for the better will be made possible. I do hope that in a week’s time the present government will be booted out.
      Life is more than getting tax cuts and fostering distrust against refugees.
      The 18th of May will be a night to watch when the first of the results of voting will start to come in.
      Thank you Carolyn for your positive posts.
      Hugs, Gerard and a paw from Milo.

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  5. freefall852 Says:

    In my reading of the golden age of Roman History, it would seem that no matter (to a point) how crazy the Emperor, the massive and highly efficient bureaucracy kept the Empire stable and functioning correctly…as a matter of fact there were times when the Empire went on for several years WITHOUT an emperor….So it would appear to me that a large, solid, well functioning bureaucracy is the “secret” of good governance….it is no wonder the LNP try to dismantle or corrupt the bureaucracy as a priority whenever in power……..because they too know that oversight by an “arms length” authority would expose their shenannigans.

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  6. freefall852 Says:

    The thought of the good folk of Finland lining up at first light to see a list of names paying their tax threw me back to those absurd American sixties sitcoms like the bucolic “Green Acres”, where Oliver Douglas is surprisingly presented by storekeeper Sam Drucker with games of “Scribble” and “Monotony” and then invited to celebrate “Hungarian New Year” ….

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  7. Lisa Dorenfest Says:

    I’m moving to Finland! Am so ashamed of what goes on every day in my home country (the US). Since Trump took office, every time I enter a country, the immigration officials want to strike up a conversation about the tragic comedy going on in the US right now. It is an embarrassment from which I wonder if we shall ever recover

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    • freefall852 Says:

      Lisa..look upon the situation like some sort of virus affliction…with a bit of remedial work, the nation will recover and regain that lost dignity…Here in Australia, we still suffer from the remnants of a debilitating disease called : “Howard Syndrome”…where a state of delusion is brought on by gazing too long at that Prime Minister’s eyebrows while a ingenous strobe light was bounced off his bald pate to mesmerise the low intellect and foolish….I think with this election we just may recover!..so hang in there..

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