Note — Jan 31, 2021

Luther and the Roots of Nordic Welfare States

Seen in → No.158

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Honestly, I don’t know enough about Lutheranism, or the culture and politics of the Nordics to judge how strong an hypothesis this is, but I like it. Hit reply if you have thoughts, opinions, or even better, facts on this view.

To achieve this Luther worked to combine the numerous guild and parish alms funds into one local fund which was administered by the city council. He created the municipal social work when he put this principle into practice in the city orders of North Germany. […]

Lutheran emphasis on the responsibility of the society created the Nordic welfare system in which the state is the major actor in health care, social care and education. Lutheran nations not only have enviable welfare states today but were also the first nations to achieve full literacy rates.