Finland Public Welfare

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Public welfare

In the late 1980s, Finland had one of the world's most advanced welfare systems, one that guaranteed decent living conditions for all Finns. Created almost entirely during the first three decades after World War II, the system was an outgrowth of the traditional Nordic belief that the state was not inherently hostile to the well-being of its citizens, but could intervene benevolently on their behalf. According to some social historians, the basis of this belief was a relatively benign history that had allowed the gradual emergence of a free and independent peasantry in the Nordic countries and had curtailed the dominance of the nobility and the subsequent formation of a powerful right wing. Finland's history has been harsher than the histories of the other Nordic countries, but not harsh enough to bar the country from following their path of social development.

Growth of the Social Welfare System
Organization of the Welfare System
Income Security Programs Classified as Social Insurance
National Pension Plan
Employee Pension Plans
Sickness Insurance
Unemployment Insurance
Workmen's Compensation
Income Security Classified as Welfare
Family Aid
Welfare Services
Child-Care Services
Services for the Disabled
Services for Substance Abusers
Health System

You can read more regarding this subject on the following websites:

Welfare in Finland - Wikipedia
National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland - THL
Finland, We Hardly Knew Ye: The Finnish welfare - Jacobin
Finland | IANPHI
National Institute for Health and Welfare (Finland

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