Democracy and Welfare Society

Rights and obligations in the welfare state

The welfare state is fully dependent on the financial contributions of everyone who is able to contribute. The entire model is based on the taxes we pay being distributed fairly and equally and used for those in need. Throughout our lives, we use different types of social benefits. Anyone can experience a situation at some point in life in which they require assistance from the welfare system. An accident or serious illness, as well as unemployment or other crises, can occur at any time. In that case, it is good to know that one will be taken care of.

When a person is healthy and able to work, he or she contributes by working and paying tax. In this way, we pay back for the services received earlier or that may be necessary in the future. For this reason, most people believe this is a good system. In a welfare state, the population has both financial rights and obligations.

  • Examples of rights are sick pay, unemployment benefits, introductory programme support, child benefits and old age pension.
  • Examples of obligations are paying taxes, not abusing financial systems, and providing the authorities with correct information about the person’s living situation.


Freedom and responsibility

  • Everyone living in the Norwegian welfare state has freedoms and responsibilities, rights and obligations.
  • We have the freedom to choose how we live our lives. At the same time, we are responsible for complying with laws and rules, so that the system functions as intended.