Posted 1 year ago on Jan. 23, 2012, 3:04 p.m. EST by Underdog
from Clermont, FL
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A response from the post "Sweden should be our model" caught my eye. I asked some questions about the Scandinavian system, and got the below response. I wish every adult American were aware of these facts.
Hi. Sure. Norway is what´s called a social democracy, meaning that there are elements of private enterprise and marked, but with democratically run public and state sector playing a huge role in society, providing free or almost free (there might accure some affordable fees here and there) health care, college, university, elementary school, garanteed social security for all disabled, unemployed, and sick etc. You also get help from your local community finding work if youre unemployed free of charge.
Now, Norway has a relatively good progressive tax system (although I would like it to be better) which means that the more you earn, the more you pay in taxes. So in other words, the rich contribute more to the "welfare state" than the workers. So taxes for the "avarage joe" arn´t that high as many think. Income tax for an avarage pay (for a teacher or carpenter let´s say) is about 30%. There are of course other kinds of taxes (property taxes fex) but the same principles apply here. The more you own, the more you pay. We have local elections every fourth year and national elections every forth year (so we vote every second year) There are serveral parties in parlament yu can vote for, all the way from the Socialist Left party to more conservative parties. The Norwegian Labor Party, being the biggest party, are now running government together with The Socialist Left Party and the Center Party getting the majority of votes combined in the last national election. Hope this was useful. Yours s sff http://struggleforfreedom.blogg.no/