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Wednesday, November 04, 2015

 

About that Scandinavian Paradise - Just In Case You Were Not Aware What That Means

As Milton Friedman said regarding poverty in Scandinavia, "Thats interesting, because in America, among Scandinavians, we have no poverty, either."

And there's this comment:

I live in the UK but have many Scandanavian friends (and a Swedish brother-in-law - who lives in the USA). The people might have relatively large amounts of money, but when a 20-year-old car costs over $6000 and a beer over $10.

As for happy - no. Not really. It is of course a self-reported metric, so people who are more content, perhaps because they have that lack of initiative needed or shown, might report they are happy. However comparing the Danes I have known (having worked closely or shared a flat with maybe 7 or 8) are certainly not happy. Neither are the Norwegians and certainly not the Swedes I've known. The Finns perhaps, and Icelandics.

Overall the main impression I have is that while the Norwegians think the Danes are nuts and dislike Swedes, the Danes think Norwegians are nuts and dislike Swedes and they all think the Finns are nuts they are, in fact, all nuts except the Swedes who are odd.

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