Here’s a great article on the reality of the Scandinavian Miracle. People tend to place their Nordic states’ policies and systems on a pedestal without digging deeper.
In short, here’s the truth about how it’s like to live there:
- Thought to have best public services but in reality, trains do not run on time. Oh, if you go need to go to A&E you have to make an appointment
- Economic equality is decreasing – the number of people living below the poverty line had doubled
- Apparently they dump migrants, elderly, unemployed etc. at the country sides (something like sending your elderly to JB but with cold weather)
- Xenophobic, anti-Islamist
- They’re known to be giam kana
- Corrupted by their oil money – people are working less, retiring earlier, calling in sick
- At risk of full-blown Dutch disease (where a country ironically suffers even with the presence of a valuable resource, e.g. oil) with their current anti-Islamist government
- It’s uninhabitable
- Gun ownership is high and they have the highest murder rate in western Europe, and high suicide rates
- The people drink a lot and they die from it
- Nokia is gone so now they mostly sell, wait for it, paper! The invention of the future (not).
- Their schools are good? Well they’re good so long as the kids there don’t shoot other kids
- The Finnish are reticent and would prefer to be alone
- Even REFUGEES complain that it’s boring http://news.yahoo.com/finlands-no-good-disappointed-migrants-turn-back-152042061.html
- They describe themselves as envious, stiff, industrious, nature loving, quiet, honest, dishonest, xenophobic
- They don’t… feel… much (Eg. They try to avoid screaming during childbirth and crying during funerals)
- Apparently Swedes prefer to be alone
- One party state – described as China of the North (sounds familiar?)
- Youth unemployment is higher than the UK’s
- Swedish rights on the rise
Also across the board, schools rein in higher achievers for the sake of the less gifted; “elite” is a dirty word. Public displays of success, ambition or wealth are frowned upon.
So is it still the utopia you want to live in?