02.11.10 – The big news in Finland today is that the latest publication of the Verotiedot, an annual income and tax report of Finnish citizens earning over €60.000/year. Every year this report is made public and its big news. In most other countries and cultures, talking about your salary is taboo, right up there with religion and politics, but not here in Finland! If you make over €60K, you make the book with your salary listed for everyone to see.
Ilta-Sanomat, one of the largest newspapers in Finland, had a digital “isotuloisinta” on their website listing the top 1000 individuals with the highest salaries. You can search by category, like Jalkapallo (Soccer players) or Pop&Rock, or you can search for someone by their name. I heard a report from an undisclosed source at a rather large Finnish manufacturer of cell phones that almost everyone was pouring over the list looking for their bosses. I guess a few people were a bit peeved too
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