It's trendy, these days, to see articles about how seemingly everything in Sweden is better. Maybe it's due to the complexity of our financial and political systems, of health care and parenting, and of pretty much all our larger institutions—we are all looking for the "right" way to do it (or at least a better way).
Sweden, despite its long, cold winters, boasts some of the happiest people on the planet; but why? Perhaps it's because the Swedish education system seems to truly leave 'no child behind' with schools that are similarly good whether you live in a wealthy neighborhood or a poor one. Swedish parents get plenty of (paid) leave time from work to care for their newborns—up to 16 months— and daycare costs about 1/10 of what it does in the US. The government mandated minimum vacation time in Sweden is 25 work days (yes, that's five weeks), plus 16 holiday days off during the year. And health care is paid for via everyone's taxes, so nobody wonders how they are putting food on the table or going bankrupt paying for medical bills. Swedish people take recycling so seriously, that recently they ran out of garbage and had to import it from Norway.
While I'm sure that Sweden must have some negative aspects, it is easy to look at stats like that and imagine that life in Sweden must be perfect—but what if we imported that life to the US? The satirical video below shows us what might happen:
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