Finland was part of the Russian Empire until 1917, when it became independent, Russia subsequently fought it’s own civil war where the communists won, who then went on to establish the USSR. For centuries, if not a millennia, most of the times when 25-50% of the population has been killed or the country burned to the ground it has been by our eastern neighbor. Though there has also been times of good relations and active trade.
Who is the most important Finn, well in the recent history I would probably say Mannerheim, because he lead the armies through our recent wars from 1917-1945, and we got out of them still alive.
Yes, I would say so, there is basically a sauna in every residential building or home and Sibellius FInlandia is something everyone has at minimum heard.
Virtually no, I say ‘virtually’ because there are homeless people, Finland has~4600 “Apartment-less” people with half in Helsinki, the capital. Many of these are people who despite government welfare has such big alcohol or drug problems that they will resell or use the funds given by the government to buy alcohol or similar. But there are some, though few, who are unable to find a affordable apartment, especially in Helsinki where rent prices is double that of other cities. 2/3 of those homeless are people temporarily without a apartment and living with friends or relatives. 740 of them lived “on the streets”. 1096 where immigrants. All this with a population of about 5.5 million people.
“In Finland the municipalities are required by law to offer apartments or shelters to every Finnish citizen who does not have a residence.”
For more stats se: https://vvary.fi/asunnottomuus/ (in Finnish)
From elementary to university, you get maybe 550€-ish/month from the govt for studying and there is no tuition. Kindergarten are not free, though there has been talks about making it so, though currently no, it can cost 200-500€/month to my knowledge, but could be off or old info. There are however some municipalities that have subsidized kindergartens so their cheaper, though there is not enough of these
The income tax is progressive and generally there is not a big difference compared to America, I might even pay slightly less income tax here that what I would in the US. Though, most products are taxed a lot more than in other countries and thus our tax rates in comparisons are higher. Products are often more expensive in Finland than the same product in say Germany. Retirement is something I know very little about, there is a guarantee minimum pension of maybe 800€/month that everyone that has a real work pension below this, but for anyone that has worked their entire life, they get a lot higher pensions.
Honestly I don’t really understand this question, I am a finn and I like it. Other finns tend to leave me alone when I’m out and about, I like it.
Interesting and same. I’ve heard a lot of stuff from France from friends that lived there that your bureaucracy is a mess and clogs up the welfare system . From what I hear your healthcare is better than ours.
I think curiosity is good and consuming in itself isn’t bad. It’s just like with some ppl that take debt to buy 1000 new books etc.
“for a few centuries” something like 600 years… of being a buffer zone, yayy!