I would bring an example from my nation - Estonia. It is a small nation that has lots of experience with communism, after all roughly 50 years being
occupied under communistic USSR.
Despite, the negative history and extremely negative attitude towards communism, no one here even compares communism to social democracy. This nation
has taken approach towards Nordic Model with differences of it own, especially technological ones.
We have universal healthcare, free higher education (without the need to buy textbooks), 3-years paid maternal leave, one of the best public education
systems in the world (programming education starts from 1st grade + next to no private schools (some exist but they are not able to compete with
public schools) , free public transportation (very advanced, faster than cars) + in addition to that this country is considered to be the most
technologically advanced nation in the world, when it comes to public e-solutions.
The taxation system is simple - 20% VAT (lower for books) , 21% income tax + 33% social security payroll tax (employer pays, so that when you earn
1000 euros, you receive around 800 euros and the employer pays 1333 for you). In addition there are general taxes on oil, cigarettes, alcohol etc. The
government debt is lowest in OECD, around 10% of GDP.
What is unique about this nation is the system of public e-solutions. Everybody is required to have an ID-card as a document, which is a specific
card, that can be used for identifying oneself online. Everything can be done online - no paperwork. Just log-in with your card and sign the documents
with it using digital signature. Filing taxes taxes under 5 minutes, creating a company around 15 minutes. One can vote online, get digital
prescriptions etc etc. The same applies to mobile phones - Mobile-ID. Pay for parking with your phone etc. The e-system has made it near to impossible
to avoid paying taxes for any legal company, it has made government extremely transparent. Recently they started offering citizens of other nations
the option of applying to e-citizenship which allows them create companies here/expand to Europe without ever stepping on the soil of this nation
(this does not grant licence to enter the country, just use the e-services)
Still entrepreneurship is extremely high. This nation of the size of 1.3 million has one of the highest startup rates per capita in the world. There
is even hashtag for it #estonianmafia. This is the homeland of Skype, Hotmail and Kazaa including numerous other incredibly successful startups. The
nation itself as well as universities are incredibly supporting entrepreneurship. On other sides, free-market capitalism is working extremely well.
Due to strong competion between networking enterprises, over 98% of the nation is covered with 4G internet. Due to competion prices are low as well -
I pay 30 bucks a month for 400 mbit/s internet and unlimited 4G internet+unlimited calls+unlimited SMS on phone for around 12 bucks a month. This
nation is also one of the top nations to have the most shopping area per capita -shopping mall at every corner in cities. BTW, there is no immigration
Of course, I do not say that things are perfect here. After all, it is a nation that has existed just 24 years, yet I am proud of the technological
approach they have taken. So far, this nation has done better done vast majority if not all other previous USSR nations and things keep improving.
This is a nation with extremely negative experience with communism, but social democracy is not communism or socialism. Free-market capitalism still
exists, just not in sectors, which are most important for society as a whole (education, healthcare etc) and children are being taken care of as they
are the future of the nation. E-society just eliminates the need for additional bureocracy, additional public offices, it nearly eliminates tax
evasion and highly lowers government corruption. I am proud to be a citizen here, a citizen in the nation of the future.