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The tax wedge for the average single worker in Finland decreased by 0.4 percentage points from 42.7 in 2017 to 42.3 in 2018. The OECD average tax wedge in 2018 was 36.1 (2017, 36.2).
In 1969, when Finland became an OECD member, you were delicately balancing between the West and the East. Finland’s road to prosperity was neither obvious nor predetermined. Per capita income was almost 30% lower than in Sweden.
There are a few ingredients that are common to all high-performing education systems, including Finland. I would like to focus on two this evening: promoting teachers’ excellence, and harnessing technology for better learning.
Mr. Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, will be in Helsinki on 14-15 March 2019 on an Official visit to Finland. He will deliver a Keynote Address at the Symposium to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Finland’s OECD membership “Will we stay on top? Finland’s next 50 years in the OECD”.
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The tax-to-GDP ratio in Finland decreased by 0.7 percentage points, from 44.0% in 2016 to 43.3% in 2017. The corresponding figures for the OECD average were an increase of 0.2 percentage points from 34.0% to 34.2% over the same period.
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The digital revolution, globalisation and demographic changes are transforming labour markets at a time when policy makers are also struggling with slow productivity and wage growth and high levels of income inequality. The new OECD Jobs Strategy provides a comprehensive framework and policy recommendations to help countries address these challenges.
Finland should offer labour-market-oriented integration support to all migrants, strengthen efforts to identify and address early vulnerabilities, and work more closely with employers according to a new OECD report.
Those in-depth studies of the health system of member countries focus on economic issues. They assess the performance of health systems in a comparative context, identify the main challenges faced by the country health system and put forward policy options to better meet them. Reviews are initiated at the request of the country to be examined and emphasis is placed on specific issues of key policy interest.