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4. Social Inclusion

Last update: 28 November 2023


The Norwegian welfare model is characterised by relatively strong redistribution of wealth through the taxation system, and through universal social welfare schemes. Norway also offers more or less free education, from kindergartens and preschool, up to higher education.

Norway has become increasingly diverse in terms of ethnic composition (through immigration), gender expression/sexuality (higher visibility/acceptance) and through increased adaptation and sensitivity to special needs. At the same time income inequality has increased in Norway, with higher levels of relative poverty.

The NEET rate in Norway is one of the lowest across OECD countries but has increased in the last decade.