Neither Finland nor holland are any wealthier than the US. Norway certainly is, but it's an oil country. Qatar is Even wealthier. When you have a small population and massive amounts of natural resources, normal rules don't necessarily apply.
Also, it is a bit of a myth that these countries are all that more socialistic than the us. In California, if you add federal and state taxes, they are as high as European taxes. On top of that, things that are mandated by government in Europe, are mandated by lawyers and lawsuits in the us.
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