I’m currently in Norway. And I want to write a few words about social democracy.
Norway is a beautiful country. Landscapes are amazing. People are nice and look very healthy. They drive their cars with a civism you’re not used to in North America. Kids have usually very blonde hair and they’re cute. They look like everybody that never went to Norway think they look like.
Everybody admires Norway and it’s great social system. The education system is one of the best in the world, if not the best.
Even if everything looks incredible, there’s probably some unhappy people in Norway. Otherwise, Edvard Munch would have never painted « The Scream ».
As a canadian, in this trip, I’ve only been bothered by one thing. One small thing: the price of EVERYTHING.
A litre of fuel: almost 3$.
Tolls on the road: some days, I paid 75$.
Parkings (where you must pay) everywhere, even in small cities of about 15 000 people.
Candies: twice the price we pay in Canada because there’s a tax on sugar here.
Some may say the government is right to tax everything that’s bad for the planet and for humans. But when you want to buy apples and bananas, you still pay twice the price we pay in Canada.
And still, you see more expensive cars on the road here than in Canada (Tesla, BMW, Audi, Volvo, Mercedes).
I’m not a specialist at all of the tax system in Norway, but depending on what you’re buying, the tax goes from 12% to 25%. And I don’t know what it looks like when it comes to a job’s pay but I’d bet they pay more taxes on the income than us.
That’s what comes with social democracy.