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November 1, 2021

What is the amount of tax for watching TV in European countries.

Every family in European countries is obliged to pay a tax for the right to watch television. This is a "tax for democracy": a taxpayer-funded television will provide independent information to the people. The amount of tax and penalties for non-payment vary from country to country.

The most ruthless is a tax in Germany where all households must pay. The amount of tax is 215,76 euros per year. It is useless to prove that you do not have a TV set and do not watch TV. The same system of total payment was introduced in Switzerland in 1918. The amount of tax is 385 Euro per year. It is even simpler in Finland where the tax is taken from all inhabitants over 18 years old at the rate of 0,68% of the income.

For whistleblowing to the neighbors (reporting a violation of the law) is a bonus.
The most severe penalties for non-payment of the TV tax in the UK. The amount of tax is 215,76 Euros per year. Here you can still realistically prove that you do not watch TV and do not pay tax. Proof must be provided annually. Extraordinary proof must be provided if there is a complaint from the inspector or from the neighbors. About 150,000 "TV tax evaders" are identified each year.

If you evade the TV tax, you will be fined up to 1000 euros. If you don't pay the fine on time, you go to jail. Up to 50 people are jailed every year for evading the TV tax.

If you have a black and white TV set then the TV tax is 52 euros which is why about 5 thousand of Britons still watch black and white TV sets.

The high taxes in the European countries are compensated by a loyal punitive system. If you said that you do not have a TV set they will believe you. If you bought a new TV they will believe you.

In Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary, as well as in Russia there is no tax on television, but the state subsidizes TV channels.

The overview of other types of taxes allows you to decide which country you like more and where you want to live.
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October 23, 2021

Who brings gifts at Christmas?

Every country has its own traditions of celebrating New Year's Eve and Christmas. But did you know that in Finland it is not our favorite Santa Claus who brings presents to children, but old man Joelupukki.

We will tell you how the main character of the Christmas holidays looks like in different parts of the world.

Santa Claus (Russia)
Santa Claus is depicted as an old man in a colored - blue, blue, red fur coat, with a long white beard. In his hands he holds a crystal staff with a bull's head, a symbol of fertility and happiness. He harnesses three snow-white horses into a painted sleigh. Often comes with his granddaughter, Snegurochka. Also Santa Claus is often accompanied by different forest animals.

Santa Claus (United States, Canada, Australia, Western Europe)
Probably the best known character to us is Santa. We all know him from American movies. He is a kind plump old man who lives at the North Pole, surrounded by elves and reindeer. On Christmas night, Santa harnesses his sleigh and flies around the world to give presents to obedient children. He enters the house through the chimney and places presents under the Christmas tree or in socks over the fireplace. He is dressed in a red short jacket and has a red cap on his head. The white bushy beard and glasses are the usual attributes of Santa Claus.

No matter what country you live in, everyone loves presents. And relatives and clients and even executives. If you want to please your customers before the holidays, make a presentation for them
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October 22, 2021

How to manage everything and not get tired

In order to invest your time and energy effectively, you must learn to distribute the load and shift your attention from one area to another according to which one is more important and relevant to you.

When planning your day, write down all current issues according to their importance and urgency, and assess which of them you can delegate, which you can postpone, and which you need to take up immediately. This will help you save time and effort. And one more important point: when you make a schedule for the day, be sure to leave free "windows" for unexpected tasks and allocate time for rest, lunch, a walk, sports. You can use notepads or planners. No one can do without them. It's just like a cook has to have recipes written down. Maybe it will be written on a scrap of paper or maybe on a nice template
This will help you manage everything without being overwhelmed.

Avoid time eaters.
There are several of the most common types of chronophages, or time sinks.
Interrupting events (phone calls, visits, emails or messenger messages that need to be urgently answered) can help you cope with them, firstly, by training your will, and secondly, by organizing your work clearly. Teach yourself not to be distracted by random stimuli, and continue to solve the task at hand. Turn off the sound on your phone, don't check your email, put a "I'm busy" sign on your desk.
Waste time (in line, in a meeting where you are required to attend by duty). Take your laptop with you to the places where you are present so you can work while you wait your turn.
To avoid wasting work time chatting with colleagues, friends or on social media, set aside a special time during the day for this.
In addition to all of the above, our time is stolen by the inability to clearly set tasks, ineffective planning of the day, lack of priorities and unrealistic assessment of our own capabilities. In other words, the main time saver is the inability to manage this time. Once you begin to practice the secrets of time management, you will find that 24 hours a day is enough for everything: to work, to rest, to solve current household problems and to move step by step to achieve your global life goals.
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