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Law Summary

The government of Finland collects a “candy tax” for goods containing sugar. Bottled water gets taxed, but cookies do not.

About This Law

As of January 1, 2011, the government has started collecting a so called "candy tax," which is a tax for produced goods that contain sugar and it applies to all imported and domestically produced sweets, ice cream and soft drinks. The amount of the tax is 75 cents per kilogram or 7,5 cents per liter.

Cookies do not get taxed, but bottled water does.

The reason for this tax is that it used to be a general consuming tax, that was being collected for all products sold in Finland. However the European Union notified they were not pleased of the fact that Xylitol was not taxed at all, so the old consuming tax was given up and the all new "candy tax" was presented.

Read more about the "sweet tax" or "confectionery tax" from Wikipedia.

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