The Scandinavian Difference
Keywords:Scandinavia, Nordic, Education, Economy, Equality
This paper seeks to explain the factors that explain what makes Scandinavia so unique, successful, and prosperous. The first of the factors described is the education system, particularly in Finland. They spend less money and time on students yet see exemplary results. The second factor is the health of their people. They consistently rank at the top in life expectancy and other measures of health. The third factor is the economy. It is a unique blend of free markets with large social programs that also encourages small business. The last factor is both the historical and current high level of equality between genders in Scandinavia. This paper describes each of these factors in detail and explains how they contribute to a high standard of living.
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Alexander Mechitov