According to the latest sets of statistics, Finnish households and individual consumers are spending more than ever on so-called "non-essentials", such as recreation, eating out, and travel. Whilst this may in part reflect rising prices, the scale of the increases in certain areas suggests that Finns now have more disposable income than at any point since the 2008 crash and are more than happy to spend it. Finland is also spending more on essentials, particularly housing, with rental and mortgage prices in major population centres rising sharply in the past couple of years. In order to give a more detailed picture, we've compiled a comprehensive list of how Finnish households are spending their pay packets, according to the data. Rents are Rising Faster Than Wages Perhaps unsurprisingly, especially to those living in the capital, the cost of renting an apartment has risen steadily over the course of the last decade. The average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in … [Read more...] about This is how Finnish households are spending their money in 2019
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Crane operator Juanpe Gómez became a game-show contestant as a means of dealing with the fall out from the economic crisis, but now he has little idea what to do with his million-euro prize money. Laid off in 2009, he started by entering the odd minor show but as his success grew, so did his ambition. Soon he was preparing for Pasapalabra, a Spanish TV show that focuses primarily on vocabulary and attracts as many as 26% of viewers in its time slot. “I approached it as if it were a civil servant exam,” he says. He had always been keen on reading but now it was a case of studying reduced versions of the Spanish Royal Academy and María Moliner dictionaries. “I also went through encyclopedias and got up to speed on current affairs.” Juanpe is small in stature and restless by nature and he gets excited when he recalls how he identified the “strange” surnames of prize winners of the Planeta and Nobel prizes and candidates of an election in Peru. … [Read more...] about When trivia is your living: Meet Spain’s professional game show contestants
Press play to listen to this article By JACK BLANCHARD PRESENTED BY Send tips here | Subscribe for free | Listen to Playbook and view in your browser Good Monday morning. DRIVING THE DAY TEZZA/JEZZA LOVE-IN: Theresa May is preparing for fresh talks with Jeremy Corbyn this week after offering a highly conciliatory response to his Brexit demands. The PM sent a surprisingly warm (by her standards) three-page letter to the Labour leader last night specifying areas for further negotiations between the government and the opposition, and adding that the two sides should meet again “as soon as possible.” Read it in full here. There’s no suggestion May is actually accepting Labour’s terms, with the PM clear she does not back Corbyn’s call for full customs union membership, nor the automatic adoption of future EU rules and regs. But her receptive tone has still unsettled Tory Brexiteers, who fear she could yet get a softer Brexit through the Commons on the back of … [Read more...] about POLITICO London Playbook, presented by BP: Tezza/Jezza love-in — Third time lucky for Barnier? — Boris watch
The midfield and attack remain without goals Lunin in no man's land Brahim Diaz, one of the Spain's most promising players, is set to leave Manchester City and join Real Madrid after an agreement has been reached between the two clubs. The 19-year-old will achieve two of his goals at once with this move: he will be returning to Spain with his family, five years after leaving Malaga, as well as joining Los Blancos. The fee will be 15 million euros plus add-ons, and Diaz will sign a contract with the European champions for the next six seasons. It is only the details of the add-ons that is holding up the deal for now, but Diaz will occupy one of Madrid's two slots in the first team and he will earn 3.5 million euros per year gross. The intention of the club is to announce the signing and present the Malaga-born midfielder to the fans and media next week. By signing Diaz, Madrid are going against their policy of not bringing in players in January as the last player they did this for … [Read more...] about Brahim Diaz is coming to Real Madrid
What to Do After Winning the Lottery? With millions of prizes up for grabs in the lottery, we can’t help but daydream of hitting the jackpot. Many of us would like to purchase a new house, pay debts or travel the world. Unfortunately, winning the lottery can also take a turn for the worst if you are not careful. It’s no secret that some lottery winners end up blowing the lot due to bad financial planning. With that in mind, we have listed some tips on how to make sure your winnings are spent wisely. Hire Professionals More money equates to a more complex financial life. As such, you must consider hiring a lawyer, a financial advisor and a licensed accountant to help you make the best decisions for your future. Surrounding yourself with a competent team who are well versed in financial issues can give you the best advice when it comes to managing your winnings. Strive for consistency Try to have as normal lifestyle, as much as possible. Do not make reckless decisions with … [Read more...] about Have you ever wondered what you would do with the money if you won the lottery?