Norway just won the top spot for “best democracy in the world” – for the sixth straight year.
The United States was downgraded to a “flawed democracy” – alongside countries like Colombia, India, and Argentina.
American voters are losing trust in their own political institutions and despise the role of big-money lobbying.
Norway functions as a social democracy, the type of place democratic socialist Bernie Sanders dreams about.
“You have a lot of cooperation between parties in Norwegian politics … and the political debate climate is much milder than in the U.S.
“Public confidence in government has slumped to historic lows in the U.S. This has had a corrosive effect on the quality of democracy.”
The key to Norway’s success is the healthy relationship between its people and lawmakers:
“People can feel like they’re part of the democracy. They recognize their politicians as not part of some kind of elite, they’re just regular people.
“It’s very strange not to vote… Norwegian people are engaged in politics and I think that’s very good... the U.S. needs to build its election system again. It’s not right the way they have it in the U.S. today.”
The gap between its wealthiest and poorest citizens is far lower than the U.S. — and its people spend far less time at work and more time with their families.
One Norway resident explained:
“In United States, you have such a different system of democracy — there’s a lot of money involved and it’s a lot about how big a person you are and if you’re important, or whatever.
But in Norway we try to keep it so the politicians don’t earn that much money. You do it because you care about the country and the future.“
Amazing! Great tips, Norway – we’ll keep them in mind!
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h/t NBC News