Giving the French a run for their euros
Finnish taxpayers' group says be happyYou can't make this stuff up.
HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finns should be happy about paying some of the highest income taxes in Europe. At least that's what Finland's new Happy Taxpayers' Association says.
The association wants Finns to focus on the public services they receive rather than dwelling on negative thoughts about income tax.
"I don't think there is another official association like ours in the world," group vice-president Anna Tommola said on Monday.
She was speaking after the association, boasting some 250 members, was recognised by the national board of patents and registrations.
"We want to raise positive but critical discussion about taxes," Tommola told Reuters.
The main Taxpayers' Association of Finland, with 190,000 members, focuses on lobbying for tax cuts.
In other news, this news article is headlined "Finland's Unemployment Rate Falls in April" with "Finland's Unemployment Rate Falls to 8.6 Percent in April" as the subtitle. But the article makes that claim based on a comparison of April 2006 to April 2005. Finland's unemployment was 8.1% in March 2006, so in fact it went up in April. Talk about putting spin on bad news!