Here's what you said:
"I love that countries like Finland provide so much for their citizens. It really puts the whole "oh no a 3 cent tax!" mentality in the States into perspective."
"I love living in the states, but there are some things we just can't seem to figure out, and it's those same things that countries like Finland have worked out as mentioned in the article."
"That is amazing! Is that for real?"
and then the only brave Finnish who said it, Arjaanneli
'There is no such thing like "free" meals or
anything else free'
What she means by that is,
we pay high taxes in Finland. From those taxes healthcare, schooling etc. is paid.
So. No free nothing. Zero. Nada.
And if somebody gets something 'free', other people are paying his/her costs in their monthly taxation!
I checked the VERO.FI (in English) > calculator (in English)
Here's what I got. Remember. These figures are SIMPLE and ROUGH but you get an idea of Finland's taxation.
A single person who belongs to population register, lives in Helsinki.
monthly salary 1.000 e = 1.494 $
in one year, 2009: 12.000 e = 17.940 $
tax per month 73 e = 109 $
Net income per month 927 e = 1.385 $
monthly salary 3.000e = 4.485 $ (average is 2.880 e/4.304 $)
in one year, 2009: 36.000 e = 53.814 $
tax per month 672 e = 1.004 $
Net income per month 2.315 e = 3.460 $
monthly salary 5.000 e = 7.470 $
in one year, 2009: 60.000 e = 89.640 $
tax per month 1.508 e = 2.253 $
Net income per month 3.500 e = 5.231 $
From that net income money you have to pay living, food, car, gasoline, transportation, electricity, water, clothes (4 seasons in Finland), holidays, mobile, internet etc.