Axis wrote on Nov 24, 2012, 22:48: Maybe you should actually live in or well-know someone who lived in a socialist country before you announce the wonderfulness of what you believe it is.
All Nordic countries are essentially socialistic democracies.
Oddly enough, they also tend to shine in the quality of life barometers - even your own Newsweek elected one to be the best country to live in in 2011..
And that quality is going down for several reasons. Two of the main reasons for that high quality of life would be a monoculture (Nordic countries full of nordic peoople) and the USA covering much of the defense costs. Look up Malmo Sweden. Not exactly high quality of life there these days, if you're not a muslim.