Norwegians supports higher taxes
The fact that Norwegians would be willing to pay higher taxes in order to save the welfare state was revealed in the survey Opinion conducted by Manpower.
Prefers more taxes
As much as 48 percent of the people surveyed stated that they were willing to support higher taxes and duties if the situation would change in such a way that the government would loose large part of its income. 44 percent stated that they would rather choose to cut the welfare benefits, while only 38 percent said they would work more to save the welfare state.
According to numbers from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the tax level in Norway is lower than the other countries in the Nordic region. One of the differences is due to the high income from the oil industry, but the tax level is still rather moderate compared to Sweden and Denmark.
Does not want to work more
Truls Frogner, director in Manpower, claims that it is rather surprising that Norwegians do not want to work more. The average Norwegian works 250 hours less than the average Swede and more than 500 hours less than the average American.
Norwegians have been used to working less and still getting a higher level of welfare, Frogner said.
Against increased retirement age
About four in ten said that they would prefer to increase the retirement age as a contribution to save the welfare state.
When the average age for leaving work is about 60 years and the life expectancy is about 80 years, that means that National Insurance and other pension system must finance 20 years of life and a standard of living where there are an increasing number of elderly has more and more rights, Frogner stated.
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