Daniel Halliday
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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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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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