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A tribute to Sweden and the Nordic region

In February, the Economist highlighted the Nordic region as a model for pragmatic and far-sighted reform of the welfare state. Sweden looks towards the future and deals with problems that other countries will face later on, such as how to mobilize a society’s resources wisely and manage a sustainable financing of the public sector.

The report Northern Lights includes eight articles that give a very positive picture of the region. One of the main lessons to learn from the Nordics is not ideological but practical according to Adrian Wooldridge, the journalist behind the articles. The state is popular not because it is big but because it works. A Swede pays tax more willingly than a Californian because he gets decent schools and free health care.

Adrian Wooldridge visited Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden in January. In Sweden he met with Minister for Trade Ewa Björling, Minister for Migration and Asylum Policy Tobias Billström and Minister for Integration Erik Ullenhag. Adrian Wooldridge also had meetings with business leaders, entrepreneurs and think tanks.

Read the intervju with Adrian Wooldridge

21 February 2013