Top Ten Most Socialist Countries
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)
They're like the other Scandinavian countries but with a practically collectivized oil industry. I'm a social democrat, but that's close to pure socialism.
Disgustingly high taxes. Many Norwegian conservatives often refer to the country as "the last Soviet state".
It's actually one of the richest countries keep in mind.
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.
Everyone's favorite to point to.
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.
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.
A small country (5.5 million people), known for 2 things:
1) Finland usually tops many of the world's best-of charts, such as the best country to live in, based on objective criteria: health, economic dynamism, education, political environment, quality of life, and so on.
2) Finland is the country with the biggest number of metal bands per capita in the world (3,400 bands).
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.
Of course the "visitor" was "exaggerating." He was taking a poke at the way the uninformed exaggerate life in the mythical Utopian paradise. While the per-capita GDP of the Netherlands is roughly comparable to that of the U.S., workforce participation in the U.S. is below 50 percent, meaning the U.S. is FAR more productive on a per-capita basis. Further, the Netherlands' personal income tax rate is 52 percent, and its social security tax rate is over 28 percent, for a combined tax rate of over EIGHTY PERCENT. This is orders of magnitude above the average tax burden in America. The Dutch can get away with this because they are a tiny nation with a relatively homogenous demographic (which has little appreciation of true liberty), relatively little infrastructure, relatively low unemployment rate, and this is key-- they needn't spend many hundreds of billions maintaining that mighty Dutch military. NATO-- meaning the U.S.-- guarantees their security. And NO NATO country pays its "fair ...more
"Comments based on assumptions and not on facts are always wrong." You're right, which is why you're wrong... again. I gave you the facts re GDP and its relation to productivity, as well as Holland's much smaller infrastructural, security and social burdens of crime and other dysfunction, as well as the glaring facts re an individual tax burden of more than EIGHTY percent PLUS a TWENTY-FIVE percent national sales tax, and its need for the subsidy collective of the EU. Someday, presumably, when you have to work for a living, all this will have meaning.
The role of drugs and prostitution in their economic growth was extremely exaggerated by the visitor. Drugs and prostitution are mostly for tourists. Dutch people have been the healthiest European nation for long time according to many data sources (stats).
Their slogan is: "Don't work hard, work smart". Which they do - for about 20-30 years they have had the shortest working hours in the world. This is a middle class country - there's no visible and significant poverty there.
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!
If you are sick or lazy, move to Canada and let the hard working people pay your wage. It's become a fascist state where conservatism is labeled as racist, homophobic, and greedy. Unfortunately, most of the population is brainwashed by government funded schools that continues to let people believe cheap money is what will save our sluggish oil-based ecnonomy.
I live here it is a free and great place to work and live. We look after each other. We work hard we play hard and we love peace.
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...
Possibly the poorest, but as wealth poors in faster, the economy improves.
The most corrupt on the list.
Cuba is a poor country but have better universal healthcare than United States. This is one of the salient advantages of socialism.
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.
Practices communism, which is graduated socialism. The Nordic countries are not socialist.
Poor due to lack of money and rain forest bulldozing, but functions better than the rest of Central America in economic prosperity terms.
Literally a dictatorship run by the government.
One of the few socialist countries on this list.
While ex-socialist, it is one of the few countries on this list that were actually socialist.
Union of Soviet Socialists Republics. Again, in the name.
"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
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?
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.
"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
Unfortunately, the government is slowly taking over Australia. If not already socialist, it is quickly heading down that road.
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.
EXTREMELY AUthoritarian! Government owns ALL enterprise. Privatization is OUTLAWED IN ALL FORMS! However, our government generally has our best interests at heart, although General Cossgrove did also spend a lot of needless stuff such as statues of himself, which, since 2018, a lot of these have been toppled in West Australia by nato-backed Geurilla forces. But generally, we still like our government.
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.
Portugal is one of the most socialist countries in Europe, and consequently one of the poorest and corrupt as well.