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What Characterise the Nordic Welfare State Model

Bent Greve1
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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