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Alexis asked in Social ScienceSociology · 2 months ago

People say Europe is more liberal than the US? What do they mean?

Countries like Netherlands are more liberal on LGBT, drugs and prostitution but on universal healthcare, unemployment and welfare for the poor they are very conservative.

Where countries like Norway, Sweden and Finland are very conservative when comes to LGBT, drugs and prostitution but really liberal when comes to universal healthcare, unemployment and welfare for the poor.

And countries like France, Italy and Spain are more in the middle not conservative and not liberal. And have more a modest approach.

Where the US is seem ulra conservative even the US the west coast to people from Europe.

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  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    it means we don't believe that hunger and homelessness are "needed" to "cure laziness".

    Source(s): dutch/NL
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  • 2 months ago

    The Netherlands has universal healthcare and an extensive social welfare system including paid parental leave, paid care leave, 20 days vacation, rent subsidies, low and subsidized college tuition, etc.  I don't know what you're referencing as "very conservative."  All of those things would be considered very liberal here in the United States. 

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    • Dr. Zorro
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      1 month agoReport

      We’re 17 million. And yes, we ride our bicycles a lot, which is probably why we do not have the obesity problem that so many Americans that couch and have their hamburgers and fries and huge “diet” cokes have. Man, do they need stay-healthy care before healthcare...

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  • 2 months ago

    Norway, Sweden and Finland are conservative on LGBT rights, drugs and prostitution?

    What color is the sky in your world?

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    • skeptik
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      2 months agoReport

      To compare to Sweden's liquor laws:
      17 U.S. states limit retail liquor sales to either state-run stores, state-contracted stores, or licensed retailers who are supplied directly by state-owned wholesalers. 
       
      Both the reddest (Alabama) and bluest (Vermont) states do this.

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  • 2 months ago

    They (for the most part, minus switzerland and netherlands) all have universal single-payer health care systems.

    They also have stronger labor laws - mandatory 4-6 weeks paid vacation annually, and can only get fired due to "just cause" not "at-will"...

    They also have stricter gun control laws.

    Norway and Sweden are not conservative on lgbt rights -- they legalized gay marriage.

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