The Swedish Secret: What the United States Can Learn from Sweden's Story

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Imagine a country where very few people are homeless; there has been no war for 200 years; there is high-quality health care for all; there is excellent free public education a living wage is the norm and there is low unemployment; voter participation is high and political advertising on TV and radio is prohibited by law; the economy grows without creating extremes of wealth alongside poverty; and there is little national debt. You don’t have to imagine this country. It is Sweden today.The Swedish Secret: What ...
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Overview

Imagine a country where very few people are homeless; there has been no war for 200 years; there is high-quality health care for all; there is excellent free public education a living wage is the norm and there is low unemployment; voter participation is high and political advertising on TV and radio is prohibited by law; the economy grows without creating extremes of wealth alongside poverty; and there is little national debt. You don’t have to imagine this country. It is Sweden today.The Swedish Secret: What the United States Can Learn from Sweden’s Story elucidates the remarkable similarities and differences between two cultures that have shared similar paths yet now inhabit markedly different spheres. Earl Gustafson, a former Minnesota state senator and judge, contrasts Sweden-small, wealthy, egalitarian, neutral-with the United States: huge, rich, and at odds with itself and the world. He traces the historical, economic, and social conditions of each country, describes the divergent and ultimately successful course taken by Sweden, and explores what the United States can learn from its counterpart’s example.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780929636603
  • Publisher: Syren Book Company
  • Publication date: 3/23/2006
  • Pages: 210
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2006

    The Swedish Secret

    Imagine a country where very few people are homeless there has been no war for 200 years there is high-quality health care for all there is excellent free public education a living wage is the norm and there is low unemployment voter participation is high and political advertising on TV and radio is prohibited by law the economy grows without creating extremes of wealth alongside poverty and there is little national debt. You don¿t have to imagine this country. It is Sweden today. The Swedish Secret: What the United States Can Learn from Sweden¿s Story elucidates the remarkable similarities and differences between two cultures that have shared similar paths yet now inhabit markedly different spheres. Earl Gustafson, a former Minnesota state senator and judge, contrasts Sweden¿small, wealthy, egalitarian, neutral¿with the United States: huge, rich, and at odds with itself and the world. He traces the historical, economic, and social conditions of each country, describes the divergent and ultimately successful course taken by Sweden, and explores what the United States can learn from its counterpart¿s example.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2006

    Let's Be Honest

    I have been blessed with the opportunity to visit Sweden 4 times a year for the past 7 years. I agree that there is an opportunity for the US to learn from Sweden.It is a beautiful country with many beautiful people. There are very few people who are homeless, yet immigrants are and will most likely always remain second class citizens. I have asked them! There has been no war for 200 years, true, yet the country is wrought with what is called 'Swedish Envy,' a hidden dark side that is very destructive. There is high-quality health care for all which is wonderful, yet there are many Swedes that take advantage of the system and on what Americans consider welfare. There is excellent free public education, yet a Swede is not welcome to stand out in any way. Many successful Swedes leave the country because fame is not always looked upon as something great. A living wage is the norm and there is low unemployment voter participation is high and political advertising on TV and radio is prohibited by law the economy grows without creating extremes of wealth alongside poverty and there is little national debt. Most Swedes pay an unimaginable amount in taxes. When you see a Swede driving a BMW in Stockholm, the first thing you think about is 'I wonder what they are doing on the blackmarket?' You don¿t have to imagine this country. It is Sweden today. The Swedish Secret: What the United States Can Learn from Sweden¿s Story elucidates the remarkable similarities and differences between two cultures that have shared similar paths yet now inhabit markedly different spheres. Earl Gustafson, a former Minnesota state senator and judge, contrasts Sweden¿small, wealthy, egalitarian, neutral¿with the United States: huge, rich, and at odds with itself and the world. He traces the historical, economic, and social conditions of each country, describes the divergent and ultimately successful course taken by Sweden, and explores what the United States can learn from its counterpart¿s example. There are many things the US can learn about from Sweden, however, Sweden too, must open up to learning from other countries and open their own eyes to their own problems.

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