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Nearly half of households live paycheque to paycheque

A 100-euro rise in living costs would be too much for almost half of households in Finland, a new survey finds.

Only 15 percent of respondents said their households could withstand monthly cost increases of 500 euros. Image: Juha Kivioja / Yle

Living paycheque to paycheque, almost half of Finnish households said they could not afford a monthly 100-euro rise in living costs without becoming financially squeezed.

That's according to the results of a poll by the Consumers' Union of Finland, which also found that a fifth of households had zero wiggle room to buffer rising housing, food and energy prices.

Only 15 percent of respondents said their households could withstand monthly cost increases of 500 euros.

The Consumers' Union said single-parent households were struggling the most, as a third of these families said they could not afford paying any more than they are now for basic necessities.

The union's survey was carried out by Aula Research, drawing just over 1,000 responses from people across Finland during 6 and 21 September.

This week's episode of Yle News' All Points North podcast looks at Finnish food inflation's winners and losers.

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