Discrepancies in poverty prevention and fair access to education within the OECD [Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development] are significant: Whereas the northern European states perform best in promoting equal opportunities, many European and Anglo-Saxon welfare states are falling behind. The United States, Greece, Chile, Mexico and Turkey are the worst performers. These are the results of a recent study conducted by the Bertelsmann Stiftung, a German foundation and think tank, that examines the policies of OECD countries on poverty prevention, access to education, labor market inclusion, health, intergenerational justice, and social cohesion and non-discrimination.
Aart De Geus, member of the Bertelsmann Foundation Executive Board, said the study shows that "social justice and economic performance are by no means mutually exclusive. Northern European countries in particular demonstrate that the opposite is true." Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Finland top the ranking.
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