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Nordic cuddly capitalism: Utopia, no.
But a global model for equity

Christian Science Monitor, by Sara Miller Llana

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Posted By:bemused conservative, 5/12/2014 5:41:15 AM

The cuddly capitalism of the Nordic nations provides an economic equity that makes a middle class lifestyle the norm, where the sharp edges of worry about the cost of health care, elder care, child care, and education simply don´t exist. But is it a sustainable model for anyone but the pragmatic North? The street-level entrance to the drab, gray office complex in downtown Stockholm is squeezed next to a nondescript flower shop and a run-of-the-mill supermarket. You’d never know that the floors above house the heart of a revolution in the music industry.

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I´ve lived in Sweden for 17 years now, teaching English for Specific Purposes, and while it´s not perfect, this country and its government (center-right btw) works, which is more than I can say for the USA just now. And, fwiw, I make more than I did in the States. I suggest you read the whole article before you reflexively comment.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: WhamDBambam, 5/12/2014 7:26:23 AM     (No. 9845266)

"Mr. Ericsson, 40-something and unmarried, takes home about $4,200 a month after the myriad taxes he pays. With the high cost of living in Stockholm – a dozen eggs are $4, 50 percent more than in Boston – he has $200 to $300 a month left for discretionary spending or savings. But he doesn’t need more, he says."

It´s really ever so nice when your government decides what you "need." None of that hard thinking stuff.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Redbone, 5/12/2014 7:47:16 AM     (No. 9845287)

A couple of points:

1) America receives more immigrants in one day than Sweden has received in its entire history.

2) What happens when the North Sea oil production stops subsidizing the economy?

One cannot compare Scandinavia to the USA, apples and oranges.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Michaelus, 5/12/2014 7:58:15 AM     (No. 9845296)

Right #2 - Sweden is a homogeneous country with a certain culture - the article confirms this. It is not part of Swedish culture to base you entire world view on your opinion that you and your ancestors have been mistreated and deserve something.

We could spend as much in the USA and we would still have hideous VA hospitals, broken trains, massively high murder rates, despair and of course politicians who all manage to become millionaires…..

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Reply 4 - Posted by: provide, 5/12/2014 9:28:30 AM     (No. 9845406)

Sweden will soon be a Muslim nation.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: stablemoney, 5/12/2014 11:14:42 AM     (No. 9845596)

There is no model here, only very fortunate countries with more oil offshore than population. But fortunes come and go, and so will theirs. It would be wise to save and invest, but are they wise?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: AltaD, 5/12/2014 11:49:18 AM     (No. 9845654)

Misleading headline, this wasn´t about the Swedish economic model, it´s a fluff piece filled with tired cliches about Sweden and plenty of p.r. for Spotify.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: el zopilote, 5/12/2014 12:05:31 PM     (No. 9845693)

Sweden, other than the riotous Muslims
living there is a homogeneous country.
It doesn´t have various ethnic groups
attacking each other for more goodies at
the government trough as is happening here.
I would imagine that the average Swede
isn´t interested in attacking his/her
fellow Swedes for real and imagined
injustices.

If Sweden"works," its because it hasn´t
felt the abomination that is multiculturalism. Diversity breeds adversity.
You see it here on a daily basis.

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The cuddly capitalism of the Nordic nations provides an economic equity that makes a middle class lifestyle the norm, where the sharp edges of worry about the cost of health care, elder care, child care, and education simply don´t exist. But is it a sustainable model for anyone but the pragmatic North? The street-level entrance to the drab, gray office complex in downtown Stockholm is squeezed next to a nondescript flower shop and a run-of-the-mill supermarket. You’d never know that the floors above house the heart of a revolution in the music industry.



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