The consistent topper of the U.N.'s Human Development Index, Norway boasts one of the world's highest per capita incomes and is among its happiest societies, the near absence of sunlight for parts of the year notwithstanding. The most successful nation in the history of the Winter Olympics, Norway's achievements have been built on the back of a Nordic form of socialism, with universal health care and state ownership of vital sectors.
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