Top Ten Most Socialist Countries

The Top Ten
1 Norway Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a sovereign and unitary monarchy in Northern Europe whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula plus the island Jan Mayen and the archipelago of Svalbard... read more

I lived in Norway for 12 years. I left because I was taxed so harshly. As a single guy with no dependants, the vast majority of my earnings went to the state. I paid an income tax close to 40%, a sales tax of 25%, and countless other taxes or hidden fees. There is a T.V. tax; of somewhere around 2500kr per year - if you have a T.V. you must pay it. There is a road tax. There are road tolls. Alcohol is taxed something extreme and is mostly only available through government alcohol shops. Vehicles are often cost double or more than what you would pay elsewhere, because of various vehicle taxes. If you are healthy and motivated then Norway is a horrible place to live - as you will get no benefit from their "free" healthcare. If you are sick, lazy, a single parent etc - then move to Norway, you can continue living off the hard work of others (or a sovereign wealth fund paid for by oil)

2 Denmark Denmark is a Nordic country in Northern Europe. It is the most populous and politically central constituent of the Kingdom of Denmark, a constitutionally unitary state that includes the autonomous territories of the Faroe Islands and Greenland in the North Atlantic Ocean. European Denmark is the southernmost... read more

I also read some comparative survey reports indicating that since about 2-3 decades Danes have been showing the highest degree of happiness and satisfaction with life in the world.

One of the strongest welfare states in the world, also said to be the happiest country on earth.

3 Sweden Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe.

It borders Norway to the west and Finland to the east, and is connected to Denmark in the southwest by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund. At 450,295 square kilometers (173,860 sq mi), Sweden is the third-largest... read more

How about "Sweden isn't for the swedes? " Or "Rape capital of Europe" The government cares nothing for its native people; only Muslims and blacks from Africa matter. Highest taxes and all money and programs are for those invaders. The government lies about crimes, brainwashed our youth. Being"islamaphobic" is a crime but Muslims raping swedes is ok as they are seldomly punished. Sweden is by far the worst on any list. Money for rapists but nothing for the victims.

Basically they think all the Nordic countries are the socialist countries, I think that is true.

4 Finland Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a Nordic country in Northern Europe. It shares land borders with Sweden to the northwest, Norway to the north, and Russia to the east, with the Gulf of Bothnia to the west and the Gulf of Finland across Estonia to the south. Finland covers an area of 338,455... read more

This country is not socialist, but it's still a better choice than many others on this list because it includes some social supports.

RE visitor comment: "how you're defining that", objective/subjective criteria, etc. I am not defining anything - these things are defined and measured by experts that know more than you and me. I just love reading.
These ARE objective criteria, each one having empirically measurable sub-criteria/indicators. Indicators are measured by credible international organizations.

5 Netherlands The Netherlands, informally Holland, is a country located in north-western Europe with overseas territories in the Caribbean. It is the largest of four constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Netherlands consists of twelve provinces, and borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the... read more

Comments based on assumptions and not on facts are always wrong. Shorter work hours was their policy to increase employment and social inclusion. If a person works 25 and not 50 hours a week there will be 25 hours left for somebody else and one more person will be employed. This type of thinking was part of their social agreement and in literature it's called "social intelligence".
Lower workforce participation (US) doesn't always mean better productivity but it always means that more people are long-term unemployed and hence, excluded from the workforce, I.e. more poverty.

6 Canada Canada is a country in North America that is next to the United States, and it's the 2nd largest country in the world by area (size is 9.985 million km²). This country has 10 provinces, and 3 territories. Canada became a dominion on July 1, 1867. Its 10 provinces are: Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec,... read more

Canada, specifically Ontario is undeniably under socialist control. Our alcohol is sold only in province owned stores and distributed to restaurants and bars with heavy regulation and tax. Our citizens are highly taxed well beyond the amount needed in a country with such a small population. These taxes serve the government's model of wealth re-distribution and fund the endless stream of liberal voting immigrants that keep the left in power. Canada is also home to many government supported monopolies, with some of the highest costs in the world for TV, internet and cellular services among many others. Canada even has its own TV network, the CBC, owned and paid for by the Canadian government used to dispense it's propaganda!

7 France France, officially the French Republic, is a sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The European part of France, called metropolitan France, extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to... read more

This country has class consciousness and socialist history (e.g. the French Revolution began as a socialist movement that later became more liberal).

France has the highest level of public expenses and taxes in all Europe, with the highest rate of social expenses in the world (as compared to its GDP : 34%) and then, should be considered as the most socialist country of all Europe...

8 New Zealand New Zealand is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean.
It is situated 1,500 kilometres (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington,... read more

Possibly the poorest, but as wealth poors in faster, the economy improves.

9 Venezuela Venezuela, officially the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, is a federal republic located on the northern coast of South America.
10 Cuba Cuba, officially the Republic of Cuba, is a sovereign state comprising the island of Cuba as well as Isla de la Juventud and several minor archipelagos.

Although it's sadly quite authoritarian, this is actually one of the few real socialist states. This country stands apart from the other liberal or fascist states on this list because it actually has a ruling Communist party that does not support capitalism.

The highest actual socialist country on this list. How is this below the nordic countries and other european countries, those are at best social democracies which is just more moderate capitalism.

Cuba is a poor country but have better universal healthcare than United States. This is one of the salient advantages of socialism.

The Contenders
11 Costa Rica Costa Rica, officially the Republic of Costa Rica, is a country in Central America, bordered by Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the southeast, the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Caribbean Sea to the east, and Ecuador to the south of Cocos Island.

Poor due to lack of money and rain forest bulldozing, but functions better than the rest of Central America in economic prosperity terms.

12 North Korea The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, also known as North Korea, is a country in Eastern Asia. Its capital is Pyongyang. It is currently ruled by the Juche leader Kim Jong-Un, after inheriting the title from his father, Kim Jong-Il, who in turn inherited it from his father, Kim Il-Sung... read more

Literally a dictatorship run by the government.

One of the few socialist countries on this list.

13 China China, officially the People's Republic of China, is a country in East Asia. It is the world's most populous country, with a population of more than 1.4 billion. China spans five geographical time zones and borders 14 countries, the second most of any country in the world after Russia. Covering an area... read more

This article is entirely propaganda trying to get you to think these awful socialist countries aren't actually socialist so you feel better about yourselves.

Largest socialist country in the world, though tendency in national capitalism.

14 Soviet Union

While ex-socialist, it is one of the few countries on this list that were actually socialist.

This country had a Communist party that implemented a form of socialism.

Union of Soviet Socialists Republics. Again, in the name.

15 United States The United States of America, or the U.S.A. for short, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, 48 of them are contiguous states. There are two other states, Alaska and Hawaii, which are north and south of the contiguous states, respectively. The United States declared its independence from the... read more

So many taxes (aka wealth redistribution) and so many Americans on government assistance. I'm surprised USA is not the number 1 most socialist country in the world.

I wish America was socialist. Who made this list?

16 Vietnam Vietnam, officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia.

This country is nominally socialist.

17 National Socialist Germany

"England is a capitalist democracy. Germany is a socialist people's state. And it is not the case that we think England is the richest land on earth. There are lords and City men in England who are in fact the richest men on earth. The broad masses, however, see little of this wealth. We see in England an army of millions of impoverished, socially enslaved, and oppressed people. Child labor is still a matter of course there. They have only heard about social welfare programs. Parliament occasionally discusses social legislation. Nowhere else is there such terrible and horrifying inequality as in the English slums. Those with good breeding take no notice of it. Should anyone speak of it in public, the press, which serves plutocratic democracy, quickly brands him the worst kind of rascal. They do not hesitate to make major changes in the Constitution if they are necessary to preserve capitalist democracy." - Joseph Goebbels

18 Nicaragua Nicaragua, officially the Republic of Nicaragua, is the largest country in the Central American isthmus.

"There was a conviction that the socialist cause was a just one, and so wherever there were struggles against colonialism, imperialism and neocolonialism, the Soviet Union would support those struggles and those causes, in the form of economic and military help. The economic assistance that the Soviet Union gave Nicaragua was invaluable." - Daniel Ortega

19 Laos Laos, officially the Lao People's Democratic Republic (LPDR), or commonly referred to its colloquial name of Muang Lao is a landlocked country in the heart of the Indochinese peninsula of Mainland Southeast Asia, bordered by Myanmar (Burma) and China to the northwest, Vietnam to the east, Cambodia to... read more
20 Germany Germany was formally united in 1871 under the initiative of Bismarck with King Wilhelm of Prussia as emperor. The previous 'Holy Roman Empire', basically a continuation of the empire of Charlemagne/Karl der Grosse was dissolved in 1806... read more
21 Eritrea Eritrea officially the State of Eritrea, is a country in East Africa. With its capital at Asmara, it is bordered by Sudan in the west, Ethiopia in the south, and Djibouti in the southeast.

Since 1991, the People's Front for Democracy and Justice, based on socialism and left-wing nationalism, has been the sole legal political party in Eritrea.

22 Australia Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. With an area of 7,617,930 square kilometres (2,941,300 sq mi), Australia is the largest country by area in Oceania and... read more

What a lot of crock! Nothing could be further from the truth. Australia is NOT a socialist country, and the government does NOT own all enterprise. Furthermore, privatisation is NOT outlawed. I don't know where you got all this utter nonsense from but it's certainly NOT from living in Australia which is a FREE COUNTRY! I live there so I know first-hand what Australia is like.

Our government may own SOME of the schools and hospitals, and we may get free healthcare. But, we are a capitalist nation and a lot of kids only care about money. Also, Australians would tell you to shut up if you're a socialist.

23 Algeria Algeria, is a sovereign Arab & Amazigh country located in North Africa. Algerian peoples Speaks Arab and Tamzigh and some of them speaks French.Algiers is capital and most populous city in Algeria, located in the far north of the country. With an area of 2,381 741 square kilometres, Algeria is the tenth... read more
24 Portugal Portugal (est.1152), officially the Portuguese Republic, is a country located mostly on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe. It is the westernmost country of mainland Europe, bordered to the west and south by the Atlantic Ocean and to the north and east by Spain. Its territory also includes... read more

Portugal is one of the most socialist countries in Europe, and consequently one of the poorest and corrupt as well.

While this country is not really socialist, it does mention socialism in its constitution.

25 Myanmar Myanmar (formerly Burma) is a Southeast Asian nation of more than 100 ethnic groups, bordering India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. Yangon (formerly Rangoon), the country's largest city, is home to bustling markets, numerous parks and lakes, and the towering, gilded Shwedagon Pagoda, which contains... read more
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