Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Heavier taxation on sweets

The Finnish Finance Ministry has made a proposition on an additional tax on candy and sweets, sweetened soft drinks, chocolates and products containing cocoa taking effect by beginning of next year.

The proposition is based on the risen consumption of confectionery, obesity and deteriorating dental health becoming more common amongst the young during the past ten years and a similar tax was actually already in force in
Finland between the years of 1926 and 1999.

This additional tax on sugar is estimated to bring in about 120 million more euros a year to the state budget, and also hopefully leading to decreased consumption of confectionery with it resulting in long term savings in dental and health care.

What I wonder here is, why only these items? Why not tax all un-healthy foods more? The higher consumption of junk-food must also have deteriorating effects on the health amongst the population. And why not lower the taxation of healthy foods?

Anyway, today is the car free day for the 11th time in Finland, a day people are encouraged to leave their car at home and use the public transports, go by bike or walk instead. According to what I’ve heard, today, in the city of Jyväskylä 3000 free bus tickets are handed out, and public bus fares are available at a reduced price in the capital region . This in order to encourage better health and exercise routines, as well as being more friendly to the environment.


  1. Frankly, I think it would be better to tax sodium glutamate, since that stuff results in overeating which then stretches stomach and affects sense of hunger.

  2. Or even better, forbid the use of msg!!!

  3. As if taxes aren´t high enough in finland already :D.

    I was in finland not long ago. It´s was pretty expensive over there, but the country is just beautiful. especially helsinki is one amazing city!

    great blog btw.

  4. The tax in unhealthy products and alcohol has increased rapidly over the past years. I'm really starting to think that it has nothing to do with finnish people's health. The finnish government is so indebted by the cost of EU directives that the money has to be pumped out of anything to cover annual budjet. For example: does any other country in the world charge 8% tax out of inheritage money or property? Or when i'm about to make money from my apartment when I sell it, i'm gonna have to pay tax from that transaction as well.