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Best Socialist Countries
These are the best socialist countries to visit, or even live in. The term ‘socialist’ has different meanings to different people. For the purposes of our top 5, we are using a pragmatic approach. We are listing those countries where the government intervenes to tame the injustice and violence of ‘capitalism’ in the name of justice and equality.
Top 3 Socialist Nations
Formerly knows as ‘Socialist Republic of Slovenia’, Slovenia ranks above average in social and economic indicators. This includes earnings, housing, health status, social connections, work-life balance, environmental quality, and personal security.
88% of adults aged 25-64 have completed upper secondary education (higher than the OECD average of 78%).
Life expectancy in Slovenia is 81 years (one year higher than the OECD average).
Number 3 of our top socialist countries is Belgium. Belgium is small and densely populated. The annual growth rate of the Belgian population is very low; overall birth rates and immigration exceed death rates and emigration only slightly.
The life expectancy in Belgium has continued to increase while the death rate has fallen. This has been due to advances in medicine and public health. Belgium is also providing better care during childbirth, leading to a higher births rates. Life expectancy in 2016 was 80.5 years (a significant increase from previous years), with male life expectancy at 78 years and the female life expectancy at 83 years.
Coming in at number 3 of our 5 best socialist countries is Finland. The central role of the state is illustrated by the fact the Finnish government owns nearly one-third of the nation’s wealth.
Labour has real power in Finland. Indeed this large and powerful labor movement gives Finnish workers significant power in the economy. Indeed, around 90 percent of Finnish workers are covered by a union contract.
In addition, Finland has one of the best education systems in the world. There are no tuition fees and students even receive free meals. Indeed, Finland has a 100 percent literacy rate and one of the highest living standards in the world.
Best Socialist Countries 4 & 5
Socialist countries have higher than average taxation rates. Indeed this is the case in Sweden. However, the high levels of taxation are used to provide a range of public services.
Sweden has one on the very best education systems in the world. The Swedish Education Act says that all people are to have equal access to education, regardless of gender, location or wealth. In addition to education, the state funds health care and the child care costs of citizens.
Gender equality and embracing diversity is natural in Sweden. There are laws against discriminatory behaviours. In addition, the vast majority of Swedish people find such behaviours unacceptable and taboo.
The Netherlands is very egalitarian and organised. Bosses even treat their workers with respect!
Dutch governments use direct and indirect taxes to fund extensive welfare rights. They levy a graduated personal income tax and a property tax, a motor vehicle tax, an energy tax, and a tax on legal transactions.
Government has imposed rent controls to protect tenants. Education is mainly publicly funded and all public transportation in the country is owned by the Government. As a result, the state controls prices and schedules.
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