Stopping depopulation: Finnmark committee proposes free kindergarten, higher child benefits, and cheaper student loans

Finnmark - VadsøPhoto: Berit Keilen / NTB
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East Finnmark is in danger of being depopulated. Now, a committee is suggesting lower taxes, longer holidays, and cheaper flights to get people to stay.

Leader of the East Finnmark Council and Mayor of Vadsø Municipality, Wenche Pedersen (AP), wants East Finnmark to become a pilot area for a robust package of measures, iFinnmark writes. 

The Council proposes that the government double the child benefits, introduce free daycare and after-school care, and introduce cheaper student loans, among other measures.

Other proposals include reduced personal taxation, cheaper airline tickets, and longer holidays. The Council has prepared the proposals in collaboration with Menon Economics.

The five municipalities of Vadsø, Vardø, Berlevåg, Nesseby, and Båtsfjord have about 12,000 inhabitants. In 80 years, there may be only 1,200 left, according to a report from Menon Economics.

“In the five municipalities alone, we must have an influx of 140 people a year to maintain the current numbers. These are quite dramatic figures,” Pedersen stated.

Source : © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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