Why are the nordic countries doing so well? The case of Denmark and Sweden

Policy Brief

11/01/2016

The Nordic countries are on many parameters performing rather well. This goes in particular for Denmark and Sweden who are among the most prosperous and most equal countries in the world. Despite the crisis and rather generous unemployment benefits, employment rates in the two countries continue to be among the highest in the EU. Although Denmark and Sweden seem to have done well during the crisis there are also differences in the outcome, with, for example, a far more significant fall in employment in Denmark than Sweden.

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