What other countries spend their money on

How do you boost the economy? Italy pays for bicycles, France for Renault and Japan gives money to every household. A small overview.

Italy makes it complicated: there is a subsidy of 60 percent, up to 500 euros, for the residents of cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants when buying a bicycle or electric scooter.

Italy: money for bicycles, solar systems and holidays

BThe Italian government has tried to mitigate the effects of the crisis somewhat with two large spending packages. A total of 75 billion euros or 4 percent of the gross domestic product has already been earmarked for this. It is primarily about short-time work benefits and a new type of social assistance for those in need who previously earned their living from illegal work. In addition, low-income self-employed people should receive money and companies should receive more support loans.

The second aid package, which the governing coalition argued about for weeks, contains many small-scale donations. This includes, for example, a vacation bonus of up to 500 euros per family with an income of less than 40,000 euros per year. However, the bonus is so complicated that it is unlikely to be used – because the hoteliers should advance 80 percent of it, the families 20 percent in the tax return. For the residents of cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants, there is a subsidy of 60 percent, up to 500 euros, for the purchase of electrical means of transport such as bicycles or electric scooters. A depreciation option of 110 percent of the expenditure is offered for reducing the energy requirements of social housing and apartment buildings or for installing charging stations for electric cars.