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    • thorgalle
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      9 months ago

      "The right to demonstrate is fundamental to the Finnish society. However, we must keep in mind that enrolling in higher education is free for Finns, in comparison with countries where already tuition fees might be significant," she says.

      It's always relative. Relative to recent Finnish history, and possibly other similar countries, students in Finland have reason to be angry and concerned.

      For countries with a less-developed social system, "free education" is still something to strive for, with the nordics as an example.

      Of course, zero tuition fees for full-time studies does not really mean free education. It's only really free if a scholarship takes care of your living expenses, which can also be significant (and they are becoming ever more so).

    • KapteinB
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      9 months ago

      But they’ve already blown through their own €10 billion borrowing limit, and are now acquiring debt at the same rate as Marin’s government, putting to rest any lingering notion that the fiscally conservative National Coalition Party is somehow naturally better at handling the economy than its left-wing counterpart the Social Democrats.

      It's not actually that hard to reduce borrowing, at least in theory. Reduce costs, increase revenue, or both. But typically of "conservative" politicians, they want to cut taxes, thus decreasing revenue, meaning they have to reduce costs a lot, which turns out is a lot harder to do than cutting taxes, because people object when you make them poorer, striking and arranging demonstrations.