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Why right-wing nuts hate Norway

25 July 2011

New Statesman – But in Norway, the state is still grandpa:

Is Norway Europe’s last surviving socialist country?

Almost half of Norway’s GDP is produced by the public sector, the highest proportion in western Europe. The state owns majority shareholdings in the two largest companies – Norsk Hydro and Statoil. A universal, tax-financed health service is used by almost all Norway’s 4.5 million people. The welfare system provides peace of mind from cradle to grave: not for Norwegian pensioners the indignity of having to surrender a lifetime’s savings to get into a privately owned old people’s home. State education is excellent; only a small minority are educated privately. Nearly a quarter of the adult population takes advantage of the numerous continuing education courses offered by the local authorities, among others.

’nuff said.

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