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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 is ranked 18th among the 34 OECD member countries in decreasing order with a tax wedge for an average single worker at 36.6% in 2015, compared with the OECD average of 35.9%. The country occupied the same position in 2014.
The 2015 edition of National Accounts of OECD Countries, General Government Accounts is an annual publication, dedicated to government finance which is based on the System of National Accounts 2008 (SNA 2008) for all countries except Chile, Japan, Korea and Turkey (SNA 1993). It includes tables showing government aggregates and balances for the production, income and financial accounts as well as detailed tax and social contribution receipts and a breakdown of expenditure of general government by function, according to the harmonised international classification, COFOG. These detailed accounts are available for the general government sector. Data also cover the following sub-sectors, according to availability: central government, state government, local government and social security funds.
The data in this publication are also available on line via www.oecd-ilibrary.org under the title OECD National Accounts Statistics, General Government Accounts (http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/na-gga-data-en and http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/na-gga08-data-en).
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The tax burden in Norway declined by 1.4 percentage points from 40.5% to 39.1% in 2014. The corresponding figures for the OECD average were an increase of 0.2 percentage points from 34.2% to 34.4%.
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.
Specific country notes have been prepared using data from the database OECD Health Statistics 2015, July 2015 version. The notes are available in PDF format.