The Scandinavian Welfare State

Discussion

The Scandinavian social system is very inclusive. There are monetary benefits for people with low income or no income, free health care and education. The government charges a high rate of tax but it provides a comprehensive social service system in return.

Scandinavia

The Scandinavian countries are Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland.
Have you been to Scandinavia?
Tell us about your experience.

Are you from Scandinavia. Tell us about your social system and welfare state. Write in the comments section at the bottom of the page

Other Countries

Does your government provide any of these:

unemployment payment for unemployed people
housing assistance for homeless people
welfare payments for poor people
free primary education
free secondary education
free university education
free health care
subsidized health care
assistance for handicapped people

Describe the situation in your country.

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Write your answer in the comments section below.

Vocabulary

Sentences

The government cannot afford to pay the bill.
The government is broke.
The government is low on revenue.
The government is bankrupt.

Poverty is an ongoing problem.
Poverty is a continuing problem.

Phrases

a high rate of taxation
a low rate of taxation
a fair rate of taxation
a taxation rate of around thirty three per cent

Questions

Are you familiar with the social and welfare system in the Netherlands, Belgium and the United Kingdom and Ireland?

Why are these systems as well as the Scandinavian system under pressure?

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