Benefits in life
Sometimes I think life's too good to be true. Why are some people born in poor countries and why am I the lucky one, born in a wealthy country? What would I have been if I hadn't been born in Finland?
There are so many things to be grateful for. I had food on the table and clothes when I grew up. I had a family and I could go to school, make friends and I could do almost whatever I wanted to. My family wasn't rich. I had two older sisters and one older brother. Both of my parents worked hard. We couldn't afford buying much clothes or toys. I remember my mother baking bread every week. It was too expensive to buy. Even though we couldn't afford everything, we had all the things we needed to be happy. Just to be able to play outside in a country with peace and no dangers was a great benefit. I loved being a free child living on the Finnish countryside in the 1980's. That's just 20 years ago. Now we can afford so much more. The economy in Finland has had it's ups and downs during the past years, but luckily most of the people nowadays has a job to go to every day. I have a great job and I can buy clothes and toys for my children - things I never had as a child. Finland is a wealthy country. What did I do to deserve all this?
Well, during World War II, Finland was a poor country. Many brave soldiers fought for the country against the Soviet Union that always had an eye on it's small neighbour Finland. We lost a part of the country, but we never gave up believing in ourselves as a strong country in northern Europe. In the mid 1940's, Finland was a poor country. There were hardly any things to buy after the war had ended. People worked very hard to start building the society again after the hard years.
We should be thankful to the old generation that made Finland what it is today. I can't even imagine the people's hard life. I can just show my respect for old people. Now that I'm working with old people, I love to hear their stories from their youth in the past. We could learn so much from them. Some have lived through both world wars. They are old and tired. Their bodies ache from all hard work they have done. I'm so thankful to these people, because without them I wouldn't live the life I live today.
Finland is a real welfare state. Children can go to school for free and have a meal for free in school every day. Day care is not free, but one parent can stay home with a child until the child turns three years old – and the parent gets paid. The first nine months you get paid based on your income before the child was born. After that you don't get paid that much, but you still have the possibility to stay home with your child.
As a college student, you can study almost for free. You just pay a small sum every semester, but you need to buy your books and your meals. Many students also work during the time they study. I didn't study in Finland myself. I moved to Sweden and began my studies there at a Universe. Sweden is similar to Finland. We pay high taxes, but we also have many benefits.
I could go on telling more about all great things about Finland and the other Nordic countries Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. I won't do that in this hub. I just wanted to write about something that I think is important to think about. We need to be thankful to the older generation and all the things they have done for us. Without them fighting in the war and without their efforts and pain, I could live in a poor country today. I guess I'm just one lucky person, who can't imagine what I would do if I would have been born somewhere else in the world. I will be forever thankful for the life I have and all the benefits there is in life.
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