K-12 Tax & Spending Climate: Finnish Government Collapses Due to Rising Cost of Universal Health Care

Dominic Chopping:

As an increasing number of people live longer in retirement, the cost of providing pension and healthcare benefits can rise. Those increased costs are paid for by taxes collected from of the working-age population – who make up a smaller percentage of the population than in decades past.

In 2018, those aged 65 or over made up 21.4% of Finland’s population, the fourth highest after Germany, Portugal, Greece, and Italy, according to Eurostat.

Finland’s welfare system is also generous in its provisions, making it relatively expensive. Attempts at reform have plagued Finnish governments for years.

Madison spent 25% of its 2014-2014 taxpayer supported K-12 budget on benefits.