The Germans are more taxes than citizens of other Nations, for public goods, and to pay other contributions. The results of a study by the Basel Institute of Commons and Economics, published by the United Nations show.

Germany scored on a scale of 1 (low acceptance) to 10 (strong acceptance) an average value of 7.0. In Austria (6,4) and Cambodia (6.7) is the acceptance, therefore, is also relatively high. It looks totally different in the Balkan States of Serbia, (4,1), Montenegro (3.9) and Macedonia (3,2), Brazil (3,4).

The Institute had asked in the past three years, with the help of universities and non-governmental organisations, people in 141 countries, how strong is the citizens of each country were willing to accept taxes and contributions to health care, education, environmental protection, infrastructure, social welfare, Finance, public service media and culture.

the full results of The survey of the Institute will be published in March. Currently, the average published values from 14 countries. There were completed according to study leader Alexander Dill, a total of around 16,000 people a questionnaire.

According to the “Bild”newspaper, the Federal Ministry of Finance is currently preparing a survey to find out whether the people in Germany find the tax burden is appropriate. Also want to know the Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD), how satisfied taxpayers are with what the state offers. FDP General Secretary Nicola Beer said the German press Agency, Scholz should save the money for the survey better, “and instead, together with its annual billion-budget surpluses, finally, in a long-overdue tax relief stuck”. A good first step is the removal of the solidarity surcharge would be.

The researchers, the sociologists Dill had wanted to know from the respondents how strongly they rate the level of trust from the people in your country to each other. For Germany they found an average of 6.3 points. Austria cut here 6.8 is still a bit better. For comparison: In Macedonia, the average was 3.1.

The willingness to invest in small local companies and cooperatives, is pronounced according to the study, in developing countries such as Bangladesh and Nepal, more than in Germany.

The Basel Institute of Commons and Economics has had as a Partner for the UN sustainability goals to register. Among the 17 goals, which were adopted in September 2015, the fight against poverty, climate protection and responsible consumption.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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