How much do you pay for the EU membership?

The EU membership has been quite profitable for Finland. (Stock Photo)

The EU membership has been quite profitable for Finland. (Stock Photo)

Sometimes you can hear people complain that the Finns have paid too much money to EU and are getting nothing back.

However, in a new research made by a major Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat it is revealed that Finland has not paid much compared to other EU countries.

Since it is accession to the European Union, Finland has paid only 750 million Euro to the EU. This sum has been calculated simply by reducing paid charges from all given economical aid.

Comparison on how much each EU member gives money (blue balloons) and how much they received money (red balloons) in 2007.

Comparison on how much each EU member gives money (blue balloons) or how much they received money (red balloons) in 2007.


This means that Finland is among those EU countries which haven’t paid considerable charges to other members. For example, Italy, Holland, France and the United Kingdom each contributed 2–4 billion Euro – just in 2007.

In the same year, Finland’s effort was only 0.1 percent of its whole gross domestic product. That’s only 1.8 billion Euros – which is about 33 Euros per each Finn.

So which country has been the biggest payer? The highly industrialized Germany gave almost 7.5 billion to EU in 2007. One must still keep in mind that there are over 80 million inhabitants in Germany as opposed to 5.3 million in Finland.

These numbers are still only rough statistics on the entire membership payments since no official estimates have been published. They still give some kind of impression on how much the costs of the EU membership.

But is 33 Euros that much to pay for open borders, common currency and high endurance against the global recession? That’s for you to decide.

Juho-Pekka Pekonen

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