Bob Plain is the editor/publisher of Rhode Island's Future. Previously, he's worked as a reporter for several different news organizations both in Rhode Island and across the country.

One response to “Social democracies are the happiest nations on earth, US is 14th”

  1. Barry Schiller

    Thanks Bob for calling attention to this Scandinavian social democratic success. Americans have often been told to focus only on their high taxes (as health care, child care, education etc are not “free” but paid for by taxes) and not for the benefits the taxes bring, which also include reduced economic anxiety, high quality of city life, good public transport, protection of farmland and natural areas, and physical beauty in general. Interesting that the country that presumably pioneered and exemplified social democracy, Sweden, was not in the top 5 (Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Finland) perhaps because they have had a lot more immigration and have had trouble assimilating the immigrants? or more eroded by the effects of globalization?

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