What does it mean to be free? In a welfare state, it means that you have a possibility of quitting a bad work, that your freedom of choice is does not depend on your health insurance, that you can pick up your career option and education of your dreams (if you have enough talents to get in a university) even if you don't have rich parents. As a nordic citizen of middle calss, I am free in not having to think hard about saving for a bad day. I feel safe and I likea to pay my taxes, as they provide me with plaenty of good things. The nordic countries are no utopies and the globalization has weakened the system with liberalistic economics, but there is no real crises here yet.
I agree,, unemployment is a big problem also in the Nordic countries. Even so, losing ypour job does not mean you don't get health care if you are sick or not be able to let your kids go to university.
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