Finland's government is formulating plans to scrap benefits completely and to give each of its citizens the same basic income of 800 euros (£574) a month.
The Finnish Social Insurance Institute (Kela) - which proposed the idea - also commissioned a poll that showed 69% supported the basic income plan.
But the Finns weren't the only ones who appeared to support the idea, with many praising the idea on Twitter, and suggesting the UK adopt it.
— Christopher Brown (@TheMindsetMan) December 7, 2015
Glad to see Finland is planning a basic citizens income for all. I’d like us to adopt it in the UK https://t.co/MLxgZp3VKa— stephanie cole (@eseesea) December 7, 2015
Whilst some just wanted to move to Finland:
And some claimed we'd already been down that route:
@Independent -this was suggested by RADAR to the British gov. for the solution to disability 'benifits' almost 30 years ago they rejected it— Tony Heaton (@marblesculptor) December 7, 2015
@TelegraphNews There was talk of doing that for UK workers at the start of the financial crash. They gave it all to bankers instead.— Ed (@ranting_ed) December 6, 2015
The major factor blocking the system taking place would be the economic burden on the country. To implement the basic income it would cost the government roughly €46.7 billion per year.
Switzerland - also keen on the idea - is to hold a referendum on a basic income program next year, according to Bloomberg. However it is also unlikely to adopt the idea because of the expense.
Kela's proposals are due to be submitted in November 2016.
Criticisms of the idea suggest that a blanket wage would lead to a lazy population, but some experiments have shown that people provided with a basic income don't lead idle lives.
Lol nobody in finland is going to work if they are guarunteed a wage.— Christopher Reeves (@cjreeves2011) December 7, 2015
#classic policy-wild finland thinking of replacing welfare benefits with a universal basic income.. a) real wage implication b) inequality ?— hannah (@hannahjoyspeed) December 7, 2015
A study conducted in Uganda indicated that people given such assistance invest in their personal development and end up in more qualified positions, working longer hours and earning more than those who don't have a safety net.
Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipilä has come out in support of the idea, stating: “For me, a basic income means simplifying the social security system.”Suggest a correction