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Most Europeans want a universal basic income

68%

If Europeans had the chance to vote in a referendum about universal basic income, 68% would support the idea in 2017, up from 64% in 2016.

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Illustration picture of Latvia's lats and euro banknotes and coins in Riga
68%

Europeans who would vote for a basic income referendum today

Illustration picture of Latvia's lats and euro banknotes and coins in Riga
68%

But 24% of respondents were still against UBI, arguing that it would be impossible to finance, would make people lazier, and would be explored by foreigners.

Illustration picture of Latvia's lats and euro banknotes and coins in Riga
68%

Currently, the only UBI program in Europe is happening in Finland. In January, the country started giving €560 ($610) to 2,000 people.

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Illustration picture of Latvia's lats and euro banknotes and coins in Riga
68%

The Finish government expects that with an unconditional basic income, jobless Fins would search more for work, because they wouldn’t fear losing unemployment benefits.

The program can also reduce the cost of running Finland’s welfare system.

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