Daniel Halliday
Sep 1 · Last update 1 mo. ago.

Why is the Nordic Model so successful, could this be emulated elsewhere?

The Nordic Model is a term used to describe the similar economic and social policies in place in the countries of Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland. Each of these countries have their own distinctive social and economic models, however all share some similarities, they have all been associated with social democracy, share high living standards, while also ranking as some of the happiest and most equal countries in the world. How does social democracy remain so stable in this region? What has made the Nordic model so successful? And could this be replicated in other parts of the world?
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The Nordic misconception

Scandinavian countries and the Nordic model are often held up as examples of successful and prosperous socialist alternatives to capitalist states by progressive activists and politicians elsewhere in the world. But this often ignores the most important fact - that Scandinavian countries often stick far closer to a free market economy than many other countries, and this is the biggest reason for their success. However far from being duplicable elsewhere the stable welfare state paid for by Scandinavian taxpayers is widely considered to only be a reality due to the large economy of those countries, a large welfare state is not thought to lead to prosperity elsewhere but could be emulated after a state has prospered. However embracing a free market in the form of libertarianism would be a much better way forward for smaller economies trying to flourish, the free market is probably the only reason these countries haven’t fallen into a state of disrepute. Arguably other countries should seek to replicate the way Scandinavian countries became successful, not the social welfare they put in place afterwards.

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Cohesive social welfare within a free market

The reason the Nordic Model has been so successful is due to many varied factors, some maybe unique to the region, but they undoubtedly are all built upon a firm foundation socialist tinged capitalism, that is to say a cohesive and functional social welfare system operating inside a free market economy. This effective and extensive welfare system is paid for through high taxation, and remains stable largely due to a high degree of trust in politicians, something that is waning in many parts of the world currently. This occurs while the economy stays competitive by actually allowing for greater labour flexibility, making firing employees easier, and leading to the fostering of more business innovation, but due to the high functioning of the welfare system this is seen as a necessary trade off. All of this amounts to a rare combination that is unrealistic to try and replicate directly without some of the underlying factors that support its efficacy already in place.

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