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Printed in 2006, this e book is about what america can study from a seemingly socialist nation in Scandinavia.

The writer is an American legal professional, choose and politician with Swedish roots and a powerful admiration for a way the policymakers of Sweden have formed their trendy society. Mr. Gustafson is a devoted patriot and believes in American beliefs. He does, nevertheless, see some very attention-grabbing political options within the land of his forefathers.

A Guiding Star Amongst Trendy Societies?

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

To uncover the Swedish “Secret”, Earl Gustafson seems to be into how each the US and Sweden have developed socio-economically. He describes the guiding rules of democracy and the way they’re adopted in each nations, respectively.

Evaluating Two Distinctly Totally different Histories

The e book additionally offers the reader a radical historic overview of each nations. Earlier than the mid-2oth century, massive components of Sweden have been underdeveloped. Tons of of hundreds left situations of poverty within the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to discover a higher life in America.

America alternatively, has seen regular financial development and technological growth, but additionally a protracted historical past of wars. After WWII, when the remainder of Europe lay in ruins, Sweden’s business and industrial sectors have 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 schooling and know-how couldn’t be disputed. This was clearly a strategy to carry trendy dwelling requirements to your complete nation and a fundamental way of life to all.

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

Comparable Trendy Cultures – With Totally different Values

Variations in American and Swedish mentality are additionally mentioned. Whereas Individuals have goals 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 life, however the accumulation of huge wealth is nearly regarded upon with suspicion.

This conventional mind-set in Sweden in all probability contributes right now, to cautious authorities budgeting. The nation has managed to attain not solely a balanced finances, 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 means of planning for durations of slower financial development, whereas on the identical time investing sooner or later as soundly as potential. It is a continuous balancing act, made all of the extra precarious due to the scale of the nation.

So, can america study something from the Swedish mannequin?

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

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


Lund, Sweden

March, 2012