Sweden is often used as an example that a heavy dose of socialism can indeed be combined with a capitalist market. The result, it is said, is a wealthy society with personal freedom, rock-solid democracy and extensive safety nets for those who become sick, unemployed, or otherwise down on their luck.
As an American citizen currently living in Sweden, I find that the simplistic view outlined above is rather outdated.
The purpose of this blog is to highlight some of the news stories that don’t show up under the International News-section of your newspaper, yet might be of interest for your investment decisions, understanding of politics in the Nordic region, or perhaps just your vacation plans.
Naturally, most quoted sources will be in Swedish. If your web browser does not provide an option for automatic translation, Google Translate can be used for manual translation.
This blog is entirely non-profit. All ad revenue is donated directly to A Demand For Action, a support organization for christians and other minorities in Syria fleeing the ISIS reign of terror.
About me: I was born and raised in Sweden, but moved to USA as a young adult in 1999. I acquired naturalized American citizenship 2007. In recent years I had to relocate back to Sweden for family reasons, only to discover that much had changed in my absence.
I am not affiliated with any political party in either country. I hold a B.S. in Finance and an A.S. in Accounting from Excelsior College, New York.
E-mail: TheSweReport (at) gmail.com
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