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,
"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.