The Swedish Secret by Earl Gustafson

Printed in 2006, this e-book is about what the US can be taught from a seemingly socialist nation in Scandinavia.

The creator is an American lawyer, decide and politician with Swedish roots and a powerful admiration for a way the policymakers of Sweden have formed their fashionable society. Mr. Gustafson is a devoted patriot and believes in American beliefs. He does, nevertheless, see some very fascinating political options within the land of his forefathers.

A Guiding Star Amongst Trendy Societies?

Sweden, the most important of the Scandinavian international locations, was ranked because the second best nation (after Switzerland) by the World Financial Discussion board in 2010. It additionally has essentially the most equal distribution of wealth of any nation on earth.

To uncover the Swedish “Secret”, Earl Gustafson appears into how each the US and Sweden have developed socio-economically. He describes the guiding ideas of democracy and the way they’re adopted in each international locations, respectively.

Evaluating Two Distinctly Completely different Histories

The e-book additionally provides the reader a radical historic assessment of each international locations. Earlier than the mid-2oth century, massive components of Sweden had been underdeveloped. Lots of of hundreds left circumstances of poverty within the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to discover a higher life in America.

America alternatively, has seen regular financial progress and technological improvement, but additionally a protracted historical past of wars. After WWII, when the remainder of Europe lay in ruins, Sweden’s industrial and industrial sectors had been in tact.

Later 20th Century Developments

This was a golden age in Sweden when politicians had the means to construct a greater society for his or her extremely homogeneous inhabitants with a powerful Lutheran work ethic. The pure logic of investing in training and expertise couldn’t be disputed. This was clearly a option to convey fashionable residing requirements to the whole nation and a primary lifestyle to all.

As Mr. Gustafson clearly factors out, the important thing to the Swedish “Secret” is a mixture of many components. They embrace the nation’s environment friendly and free market financial system, and a excessive proportion of ladies in positions of management and authority.

Related Trendy Cultures – With Completely different Values

Variations in American and Swedish mentality are additionally mentioned. Whereas People have desires of nice wealth: “the sky is the restrict,” Swedes have a extra modest perspective, rooted in Viking instances. Historically in Sweden, everybody within the group ought to have sufficient for a superb life, however the accumulation of huge wealth is sort of appeared upon with suspicion.

This conventional mind-set in Sweden most likely contributes at this time, to cautious authorities budgeting. The nation has managed to attain not solely a balanced price range, but additionally a buffer in case there are leaner financial instances forward.

A Cautious and Skillful Balancing Act

Maybe a part of the Swedish “Secret” is their down-to-earth approach of planning for intervals of slower financial progress, whereas on the identical time investing sooner or later as soundly as doable. It is a continuous balancing act, made all of the extra precarious due to the scale of the nation.

So, can the US be taught something from the Swedish mannequin?

This e-book was written by a really involved American citizen, hoping simply that.

Maybe his most necessary message is: the US is scuffling with a number of, vital socio-economic issues at this time, however these points will not be distinctive to America, and have been efficiently addressed elsewhere for the great of the folks.

Lund, Sweden

March, 2012

Supply by Janet Runeson

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