Finland as an independent country turns 100 years today.
Happy birthday, Finland. 🇫🇮
It used to baffle me when I was viewed like an exotic animal outside of Finland. "Ooooh, Finland, things are so great there, you must be so happy, everything must be so amazing, we don't get a lot of Finnish people here!" Many things are well.
But it's still not a magic wonderland, there are many things that still aren't well. Support for mental health care, trans rights, NEETs, education - Many things have dipped with our current government. Racism. Neo-nazis. "Nationalism".
Many have asked me how I feel about paying so much tax. My current income tax is around 30% + other tax. VAT is generally 24%, 14% for food, 10% for books.
I get freedom and a safety net. Education. I don't work 80 hours a week, I work just under 40 hours. I'm not expected to stay behind at work to bleed my brains out. If I'm in the office at 5pm, I get asked 'why are you still here?'. Parents can leave early to pick up their children from daycare, as long as they get the job done.