Democracy and Welfare Society

Primary responsibilities of the welfare state

The Norwegian welfare state is characterised by a high degree of government responsibility. The federal government, counties and municipalities finance large percentages of social benefits and monitor compliance with system regulations. The goal is to achieve equal treatment for all inhabitants and equal and fair distribution of social benefits.

In many societies, the family has primary responsibility for helping family members who need it. In Norway, it is also normal and customary to help family and friends who need assistance and care, but the government has assumed much of this responsibility.

A welfare state guarantees its citizens numerous social benefits. But it is important to be aware of the fact that the inhabitants of a welfare state also have responsibilities. An important condition for the effective functioning of a welfare state is trust. Having trust in someone means having confidence that the person will do the right thing.

We can trust that the welfare state systems function when we need them. The federal government and municipalities in turn must be able to trust that inhabitants provide correct information and not abuse social benefits.


The goal of a welfare state

is to guarantee security for all and a fair distribution of social benefits.

The welfare state is based on trust!

The primary responsibilities of the welfare state:

  • Health of all inhabitants
  • Education of all inhabitants
  • Care for children
  • Care for elderly and others who require assistance
  • Financial security for every individual inhabitant