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JoeEkaitis
09-21-2010, 07:35 AM
. . . if they tried it (http://www.hs.fi/english/article/Government+to+implement+planned+tax+on+sweets+ice+ cream+and+soft+drinks/1135260220527) here.

ETA (by OFG):


HELSINGIN SANOMAT, Helsinki

Government to implement planned tax on sweets, ice cream and soft drinks - Biscuits, buns, and pastries are to be exempt from taxation.

On Thursday, the government decided in its general session that a tax is to be levied on candies and similar sweets, chocolate, cocoa products, ice cream, and popsicles or ice lollies.

Initially the tax on sweets was supposed to be the equivalent of almost one euro per kilogram, but now the tax has been set at 75 cents a kilo. The tax on sweets was last in force in 1999. At that time (still in the markka era) the tax was the equivalent of EUR 0.58/kg of sweets.

The planned tax will increase the prices of sweets by some 1 to 15 per cent, while the price of ice cream could rise even more than that. The tax is to come into force from the beginning of next year. Biscuits and sweet buns and pastries will be exempt from taxation.

jennontheisland
09-21-2010, 11:31 AM
or the federal deficit under control.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
09-21-2010, 03:31 PM
One of the rules over in 'Politics and Current Events' is to provide a snippet of the article you're linking so folks know whether they want to hit the link or not. Might be a good idea here in Office Party, as well.

I've added a bit to Joe's original post.