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Social welfare and health care

Social welfare and health care

Norway is often referred to as a welfare state. This means, firstly, that the state and local authorities have a responsibility for ensuring that all Norway's inhabitants have access to certain fundamental goods, such as schools, the health service and income in the form of benefits or social security if they are unable to work.

A welfare state also means that every member of society shall enjoy these benefits and this means that there is a certain redistribution of income, so that everyone contributes to the common good through direct and indirect taxes.