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AL Poll: Finns support YLE tax

Nearly two thirds of Finns back the idea of a new tax to finance the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE, according to a fresh poll published by the newspaper Aamulehti. Most support for the plan was found among pensioners and those living alone.

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The so-called YLE tax received support from 62 percent of those surveyed, while 29 percent opposed the measure and 8 percent could not say.

The progressive tax will apply to all adults whose annual taxable income is over 7,813 euros. In practice, this means a payment ranging from 50 to 140 euros a year.

The new model replaces the fixed TV licence fee, which will amount to 252.25 euros next year before it is replaced by the new tax in 2013. Further information can be found here.

On Friday, the plan for a new tax was approved by the last parliamentary party yet to take a stand, the Social Democrats, which cleared the way for its passage in parliament. Parliament is yet to vote on the proposal.

Pollster Taloustutkimus conducted the survey for Aamulehti on Thursday and Friday among 1,124 people. The margin of error was three percentage points.

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