Sweden: pros and cons
Here are a few pros and cons for Sweden. First, the pros:
- It is, reportedly, the least religious country in the world. That means very little religious interference in government as well as education. It also means no ridiculous restrictions on stuff like stem cell research.
- Universal health care. It might not be the best in the world anymore and every now and then, you’ll have to wait a while for treatment, but at least you don’t have to worry about insurance and whether it covers everything you need. In general, I would say it works really well.
- All foreign TV programming is subtitled as opposed to dubbed as it is in many other European countries. As a result, Swedes are generally pretty good at English.
- Free education. All education, including university studies, is government subsidized and costs you nothing. Currently, this applies to foreign students as well, but that might change within a few years.
- Sweden is a very environmentally concious country and so are its people.
- Gun control. It’s true that guns don’t kill people, but I believe people are far more likely to kill each other if they can buy a gun like they can buy a bag of Doritos.
- Summertime in Sweden is lovely. Hardly ever over 90°F (32°C) and lots of golf courses :)
Now, some cons:
- Taxes. Suffice to say, if your ambition in life is to get rich, I would avoid Sweden. Personally, I don’t mind it all that much. I feel that the benefits outweigh the cost. It also feels good knowing that by paying taxes, I am helping not only myself, but also the less fortunate Swedes.
- Wintertime in Sweden is pretty miserable. At least in the southern part of Sweden where I live. November through February is a cold and wet period we could all do without.
- Immigration is a problem. It’s a very touchy subject though because discussing it you run the risk of being labelled as being hostile towards immigrants or even a racist. Immigration over the last 50 years has brought with it a lot of positive aspects. Sweden is now a multicultural nation. Currently, a large part of the immigrants originate from Iraq due to US warmongering.
- Swedes are the sickest people in Europe, at least if you look at the number of days Swedes are home sick from work each year. Obviously, we’re not sicker than anyone else. There is however a lot of cheating and scamming going on because being home from work doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t get paid.
- Swedes have a tendency to be a bit introvert and shy. People coming here from the US or some other country where people are very outspoken and approachable usually find that Swedes are difficult to get to know. Sad, but true.
- There are no Swedes in Formula 1.
Did I miss anything?