With the lowest child-poverty rate among developed nations, Denmark was named the best country for work-life balance in a 2011 report from the The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
All three Scandinavian countries — Denmark, Sweden, and Norway — finished in the top seven in the ranking. So famous for their generous social safety net, which sharply divides liberals and conservatives between envy and consternation, northern Europe dominated the list, taking almost all the top ten spots. Continue reading
With one of the highest standards of living in the world, Sweden offers its residents a good life. While this does not translate to a lot of wealthy people, Sweden remains one of the most egalitarian countries in terms of income distribution, and has one of the world’s lowest levels of poverty. Working conditions are safe and flexible, and most employee benefits are already negotiated and in place, from paid parental and sick leave to employment-based pension. Continue reading
The Swiss economy is characterised by a skilled and generally ‘peaceful’ workforce. One quarter of the country’s full-time workers are unionised. Labour and management relations are amicable, characterised by a willingness to settle disputes instead of resorting to labour action. About 600 collective bargaining agreements exist today in Switzerland and are regularly renewed without major problems. Continue reading