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  1. Introduction
  2. A specific example : The gender policies
    1. The Finnish vision of the gender policies
    2. The French vision of the gender policies

Like the other Nordic Countries (Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Norway), Finland is well known for its generous social democracy which influences every citizen from cradle to grave. To start with an example I noticed that the Finns pay nothing for their education irrespective of the level of studies or the subject. Their medical system and services give them one of the lower infant mortality rate and one of the highest life expectancy in the world. This medical services in Finland can be accessed at extremely low rates when compared to the prices in the other countries belonging to the European Union. Then, the seniors have a good retirement pension and they are also cared with specific awareness. Finally, the proportion of civil servants among the employed population is greater than 15 percent in Finland. But all these achievements come at a cost and Finns have to pay high taxes to access such facilities: more than half of their national income comes from taxes. Then, the proportion of social expenditure in the gross domestic product is really important ( 30%).However, most of the Finns strongly support the welfare state.

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