Finland - Basic income tested - December 31, 2015

At the moment, a pilot project on basic income is conducted with a small fraction of the population. The project is undertaken by Kela, the Finnish Social Insurance Institution that runs basic unemployment, health, family, and many other benefit programs. If the trial is a success, the government could go all in, but that could be years off. Nonetheless, the country is on the verge of conducting the most methodologically rigorous and comprehensive test of basic income to date. So far, the initiative has already polled the population and found widespread support for the idea: 69 percent of Finns reported support for a basic income, with the median respondent calling for a minimum of €1,000 a month.


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