The northern sparsely populated areas (NSPA) of Finland, Norway and Sweden are becoming increasingly important to the geopolitical and economic interests of these countries and the European Union. These regions have unique geographical characteristics - low population density and a harsh climate - and face specific challenges due to an ageing population, long distances from markets, and high-cost land transport. However, high productivity growth is possible in low-density regions. This report sets out policy recommendations at cross-border, national and regional scales to enhance prosperity and well-being across the NSPA. This includes closer co-operation with national governments to address shared challenges and opportunities such as improving east-west transport connections and reducing occupational and skills barriers to labour mobility, and addressing barriers to business growth such as access to finance.
This publication provides detailed country notes on Value Added Tax/Goods and Services Tax (VAT/GST) and excise duty rates in OECD member countries.
This annual publication presents detailed country notes and internationally comparable tax data for all OECD countries from 1965 onwards.
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This note presents selected findings based on the set of well-being indicators published in How's Life? 2016.
The tax burden on labour income is expressed by the tax wedge, which is a measure of the net tax burden on labour income borne by the employee and the employer.
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Norway has the 18th highest tax wedge among the 34 OECD member countries in 2015. The country occupied the same position in 2014. The average single worker in Norway faced a tax wedge of 36.6% in 2015 compared with the OECD average of 35.9%.in 2014.
The 2015 edition introduces more detailed analysis of participation in early childhood and tertiary levels of education. The report also examines first generation tertiary-educated adults’ educational and social mobility, labour market outcomes for recent graduates, and participation in employer-sponsored formal and/or non-formal education.
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Kvaliteten på behandlingen det norske helsevesenet tilbyr sine pasienter er generelt meget god. Det bekreftes av overlevelsesstatistikken for pasienter, som har blitt innlagt på sykehus med enten akutt hjerteinfarkt eller hjerneslag, i tillegg til overlevelse av ulike typer kreft.
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The quality of care in Norway is generally excellent, as illustrated by the survival rates of patients admitted to the hospital following a heart attack (AMI) or stroke, or after diagnosis for different types of cancer. Norway remains one of the biggest health spenders in the OECD; in 2013, Norway spent more public money on health than any other OECD country.
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Labour market conditions are improving in many OECD countries but the recovery from the recent economic crisis remains very uneven. Norway stands out across OECD countries as the financial crisis had a relatively limited effect and the subsequent recovery has been robust, with strong growth in average incomes and low income inequality.