The Nordic countries are the next supermodel

According to the Economist, the Nordic countries – Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland – should serve as a role model for politicians across party colours.

The Nordics cluster at the top of league tables of everything from economic competitiveness to social health to happiness. The quartet has avoided both southern Europe’s economic crisis and America’s extreme inequality.

Development theorists have taken to calling successful modernisation “getting to Denmark”, and to politicians around the world—especially in the debt-ridden West—the Nordic countries offer a blueprint of how to reform the public sector, making the state far more efficient and responsive.

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