The Finnish Tax Reduction for Domestic Costs: Consumption Patterns

Part of the Work and Welfare in Europe book series (RECOWE)


The promotion of social and gender equality, and the pursuit of a classless society, have long been a shared social norm in Finland (as in the other Nordic countries), which has translated into a reluctance to outsource domestic work. Thus, traditionally, very few households have used domestic helps at one’s home or purchased household services. While some families in the 1950s and 1960s had paid domestic help, having a maid has been uncommon since then.


Domestic Work Domestic Service Household Budget Survey Housework Time Income Decile 
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