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Sixty seconds on . . . free money

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l856 (Published 22 February 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l856
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London, UK

Free money! Where?

Finland.

I know Finland’s rich, but giving away money?

It has been for the past two years as part of a small pilot running from January 2017 to December 2018.

Tell me more. . .

The government has been running a basic income trial giving 2000 unemployed people a monthly income of €560 (£475; $635), with no strings attached. That means they get the money whether they seek work or not.

Er . . . why?

The idea was to simplify the complex social security system and to incentivise unemployed …

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