The Finnish authorities in January 2017 will launch a pilot project for an unconditional basic income citizens. This was announced by the Minister of social Affairs and health of the country Hanna Mantyla.
Within two years, 10 thousand working-age Finns will get monthly 550 euros regardless of their employment. This amount is approximately equal to the unemployment benefit and includes the cost of meals, personal hygiene, clothing and other daily expenses, reports Reuters.
“We need such experiments. The Finnish social security system will face great challenges in the future, if we are not able to simplify it,” said the Agency Mantula.
If the experiment will be considered successful, unconditional income will be put into the social security system of Finland. According to the project, announced in 2015, the amount of payments will amount to 800 euros. It is assumed that absolute income will replace the system of social benefits.
Additionally, in the June 2016 referendum on the introduction of an unconditional income in Switzerland.