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Levels of alcohol consumption in Finland are close to the OECD average and have increased in the last 30 years. In 2012, an average of 9.3 litres of pure alcohol per capita (among people aged 15 and over) was consumed in Finland (registered consumption), compared with an estimate of 9.1 litres in the OECD.
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This country note from Going for Growth 2015 for Finland identifies and assesses progress made on key reforms to boost long-term growth, improve competitiveness and productivity and create jobs.
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The tax burden in Finland increased by 1.2 percentage points from 42.8% to 44.0%, the fifth largest increase amongst member countries in 2013. The corresponding figure for the OECD average was an increase of 0.4 percentage points from 33.7% to 34.1%. The Finnish standard VAT rate is 24%, which is above the OECD average. The average VAT/GST standard rate in the OECD was 19.1% on 1 January 2014.
The number of foreigners living in Finland in September 2013 increased by 6.8% over the previous year to 205 250, about 3.5% of the population.
Country notes outlining regional variations in health, jobs, safety, environment, access to services, civic engagement, housing, education, income, and employment. These notes are from the OECD publication "How's Life in Your Region?".
Getting regions and cities 'right', adapting policies to the specificities of where people live and work, is vital to improving citizens’ well-being. View the country factsheets from the publication OECD Regional Outlook 2014.
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Variations in revascularisation rates and diagnostic tests require more effort to ensure appropriate care in Finland.
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Finnish teachers are better paid than their peers and enjoy a lighter teaching workload than average. Finland is one of the OECD countries in which teachers enjoy comparatively better working conditions, especially women teaching in upper secondary schools.
Country notes with main key findings of the book and key fact tables: a customised snapshot of a country's educational environment, highlighting the most important issues in the educational landscape.