Holland consistently ranks as one of the happiest countries in the world, which is attributed to their higher life expectancy, gross domestic product per capita, social support and freedom to make life choices.
Now the Dutch city of Utrecht has paired up with the local university to experiment with a universal, unconditional ‘basic income’ paid to individuals to cover their living costs. The concept is to allow people more flexible work hours, allowing more time for care, volunteering and study. The city government are interested to see if a concept like this would benefit the society or would people start abusing the system.
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