Journal of Social Sciences

What Characterise the Nordic Welfare State Model

Bent Greve

DOI : 10.3844/jssp.2007.43.51

Journal of Social Sciences

Volume 3, Issue 2

Pages 43-51


This article presents the main distinctive characteristics of the Nordic welfare states. These include, for example, full employment, high degree of equality, a high level of taxes and a high level of public spending on welfare. The article further presents data, which enables the reader to a comparison with welfare states in Europe and to analyse whether we are witnessing convergence in Europe and/or the withering away of the Nordic Model. The conclusion being that the Nordic Model is here to stay, although a movement in a European direction is underway.


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