Scandinavian countries not socialist

Scandinavian nations score better than the U.S. on key free market indexes

Scandinavian countries not socialist

I agree with Ms. Quast, there is a misunderstanding of the term socialist.

The Scandinavian leaders were deeply offended when Bernie Sanders called them socialist. They have a strong free market system and use their oil resources. God help you if you try to take away moose hunting rifles.

Their health care, like the rest of Europe, is two tier with both private and public providing medical services. A system shown to outperform Canada’s universal public system.

Scandinavian nations score better than the U.S. on key free market indexes, including greater protection of private property, less impact on competition from government controls and more openness to trade and capital flows. According to the World Bank, doing business in Denmark and Norway is actually easier overall than it is in the United States.

With a robust, strong economy, largely based on resources, leads to the revenue for such social programs. Without a strong economy the programs cannot exist.

The green anti-oil lobby is clearly misusing the term as they are not for the free market and have been actively shutting down Canada’s energy and natural resource industries. While they do push for more government programs, without a free market it is just communism lite.

S. Innis



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