Italian Government Gives Teens Money to Go Out More

It sounds almost too good to be true. According to The Local, every Italian teen who turns 18 before December 31, 2016 will get €500 from the government to spend on cultural items — to buy books, concerts tickets, theater tickets, cinema tickets, museum visits and trips to the country’s national parks.

The Italian government will spend €290 million on about 575,000 teenagers, but it’s money well spent.

Parliamentary undersecretary Tommaso Nannicini commented: “It reminds [youngsters] how important cultural consumption is, both for enriching yourself as a person and strengthening the fabric of our society.”

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