HR Strange But True!
November 03, 2005

It's considered rude to ask someone how much they earn on their jobs. In Finland, if you are curious about how much money co-workers, bosses, neighbors, and celebrities earn, you never have to ask.

That's because the nation makes tax records public each November, giving curious individuals the chance to take a peek at what others are earning in income, Reuters reports.

"People have always been interested in taxation, because in Finland you don't talk about your income, it's considered very vulgar, and even more impolite is to ask what someone earns," says Reijo Ruokanen, managing editor of Iltalehti, a tabloid that published celebrities' tax information in a supplement "This is your chance to see if you're keeping up with the Joneses."

To keep up with Finland's top wage earner Olli Riikala, an executive of U.S. General Electric, you'd have to earn 5.3 million euros, the news service reports.

Source: Reuters

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