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Post  kosovohp on Mon Oct 25, 2010 7:37 am

Private sector employees amount to 1.8 million, out of which around a third with tertiary education. The average cost of a private sector employee per hour was 25.1 euros in 2004.[71] As of 2008 average purchasing power-adjusted income levels are similar to those of Italy, Sweden, Germany and France.[72] In 2006, 62% of the workforce worked for enterprises with less than 250 employees and they accounted for 49% of total business turnover and had the strongest rate of growth .[73] The female employment rate is high. Gender segregation between male-dominated professions and female-dominated professions is higher than in the US.[74] The proportion of part-time workers was one of the lowest in OECD in 1999.[74]

Employment rate 68% and unemployment rate was 6.8% in early 2008.[75] 18% of residents are outside job market at the age of 50 and less than a third working at the age of 61.[76] Unfunded pensions and other promises such as health insurances are a dominant future liability, though Finland is much better prepared than countries such as France or Germany.[77] Directly held public debt has been reduced to around 32% of GDP in 2007.[78] In 2007, the average household savings rate was -3.8 and household debt 101% of annual disposable income, a typical level in Europe.[79] Home ownership rate is 60%.

As of 2006, 2.4 million households reside in Finland. The average size is 2.1 persons; 40% of households consist of a single person, 32% two persons and 28% three or more persons. Residential buildings total 1.2 million and the average residential space is 38 m2 per person. The average residential property without land costs 1,187 euro per sq metre and residential land 8.6 euro per sq metre. 74% of households had a car. There are 2.5 million cars and 0.4 million other vehicles.[80]

Around 92% have a mobile phone and 83.5% (2009) Internet connection at home. The average total household consumption was 20,000 euro, out of which housing consisted of about 5500 euro, transport about 3000 euro, food and beverages excluding alcoholic at around 2500 euro, recreation and culture at around 2000 euro.[81] Purchasing power-adjusted average household consumption is about the same level as it is in Germany, Sweden and Italy.[72] According to Invest in Finland, private consumption grew by 3% in 2006 and consumer trends included durables, high quality products, and spending on well-being

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