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What Characterise the Nordic Welfare State Model

Bent Greve


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.

Journal of Social Sciences
Volume 3 No. 2, 2007, 43-51


Submitted On: 9 February 2007 Published On: 30 June 2007

How to Cite: Greve, B. (2007). What Characterise the Nordic Welfare State Model. Journal of Social Sciences, 3(2), 43-51.

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  • European model
  • Nordic welfare state model
  • convergence
  • full employment
  • equality