Democracy and Welfare Society

The most important functions of the welfare society

Norway’s welfare society is characterised by a high degree of public sector responsibility. The central government, county authorities and municipalities fund a large proportion of the social benefits and services and check that people follow the rules of the system. The goal is for all inhabitants to be treated equally and for social benefits and services to be fairly distributed.

In many societies, it is primarily the family that is responsible for helping family members. It is still natural and common to help friends and family who need care and assistance in Norway as well, but the authorities have taken over a lot of this responsibility.

A welfare society provides its inhabitants with many benefits and services. However, it is important to be aware that people who live in a welfare society also have duties. Trust is an important precondition for a functioning welfare society. Having trust in someone means that we can rely on them. We must be able to trust that the welfare system will be there for us when we need it. The central government and municipalities, on the other hand, should be able to trust people to provide correct information and not abuse social benefits and services.


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