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By Christina Johansson Robinowitz

Many of us think about Sweden as a compilation of 4 stereotypes: intercourse, suicide, socialism and spirits. modern day Vikings: a realistic advisor to Interacting with the Swedes is a window into Swedish tradition that enables readers to come back to appreciate and contradict those stereotypes, and discover the genuine values underlying Sweden and Swedish culture.The ebook lines lots of Sweden's cultural characteristics again to its Viking background and examines the recognized cradle-to-grave social democracy and the social and fiscal demanding situations because of immigration and different twenty-first century alterations. It additionally explores the values underlying glossy Swedish tradition. Readers get a glimpse of the total Swede as characterised by way of the 4 seasons. An necessary instrument for someone touring to Sweden or for these drawn to and intrigued by way of Swedish tradition, modern day Vikings is helping supply insights and techniques for profitable interplay with the Swedes. It was once an excellent read-and definitely worth the time, even for these folks already good ensconced in those northern climes-much of what they recommend is correct on and at once illuminating. certainly the chapters at the Jantelagenand the Lagom phenomenon are very good for knowing a lot of what turns out to forestall local Swedes from tooting their very own trumpets. viewers [to Sweden] should still watch out, for a lot just like the Vikings of outdated, the modern day model leaves a far better influence than may possibly at the beginning be perceived. traveling the ebook ahead of vacationing where is well worth the time taken. -Sven Bovei FackoversattarenReading this publication used to be a real excitement and that i came across myself grinning in acknowledgement in a few locations and getting a hearty dose of the 'aha' influence in othersa. This booklet is sort of a window within the solar, both you could cup your quit your eyes to determine correct into the guts of the Swedish tradition otherwise you can stand again to determine your personal reflection.-Corinne Wilhelm modern day Vikings is kind of informative. As an American who has selected to stay in Sweden it really is a superb addition to my library.. The association, sort, volume of knowledge, and philosophical process are what makes your and Ms. Carr's booklet really priceless. i am not conscious of any paintings now being bought that's of comparable price and caliber. i like to recommend that any American businessperson planning to do company in Sweden learn this e-book. -Jonathan Stubbs, advisor From [...] the outlet paragraphs to the excellent bibliography, [Modern-Day Vikings] is definitely researched and good written. As a Swedish supervisor I say: This booklet correctly describes the Swedes and gives very worthwhile information about the right way to engage with them. have been I an American supervisor i might say: This e-book is a needs to for an individual doing company with Swedes and going approximately it heavily! -Goran Froling, vp and basic supervisor, Ericsson Canada Sweden is arguably the main American state in Europe. on the other hand, the cultural adjustments among us are extra profound and extra sophisticated than what's obvious to the informal customer. Christina Robinowitz and Lisa Werner Carr have produced an excellent-and hugely entertaining-guide in the event you desire to comprehend and who, whilst, are fearful to not positioned their foot in it.-Olle Wostberg, Consul normal of Sweden in manhattan, former editor-in-chief of Expressen newspaper At a time whilst Swedish IT marketers are conquering the area, modern day Vikings presents a superb advisor to Swedish enterprise habit, set opposed to an historic heritage. worthwhile tricks are given on the way to steer clear of disastrous misunderstandings. additionally, for Swedes, the e-book supplies fascinating historic motives to why we behave as we do.-Cecilia Julin, Minister for monetary Affairs, Swedish Embassy, Washington, DC Swedes can occasionally be an enigma even to themselves. Authors Werner Carr and Robinowitz, with their very varied backgrounds, supply a key to universal and not-so-common ameliorations among these issues Swedish and the realm. modern day Vikings may turn into necessary for people with an curiosity in, or plans to paintings with or in Sweden, yet can be rather fun and a watch opener for us born Swedes. -Ulf Martensson editor & writer, Swedish information, Inc, and Sweden and the US MagazineNordstjernanContentsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1 From the Vikings to the Welfare kingdom: A Millennium in Sweden2 the increase of the Swedish Model3 The 4 S's: intercourse, Suicide, Socialism, and Spirits4 nationwide satisfaction: a question of Romance5 the person and the gang: Self-Sufficiency and Solidarity6 The Lagom Phenomenon7 Jantelagen: Who Do you think that You Are?8 Equality Above All9 The Seasons and Their energy: summer time, wintry weather, and vacation Swedes10 conversation: The Sound of Silence11 Manners: Swedish Customs Simplified12 Doing company in Sweden: festival as opposed to ConsensusConclusionBibliographyIndexAbout the Authors

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Equality Perhaps most fundamental to the Swedish welfare system is the belief in equality. Although this subject is discussed at length in chapter 8, it is so central to Swedish society that we will mention it briefly here. Swedish social policy attempts to create a society without class, gender, or ethnic differences; this ideal was a key component in the development of the Swedish Model. In many ways equality has been attained. According to United Nations figures from 1998, Sweden is the most egalitarian country in the world; the poverty rate is less than 8 percent, about one-half that of the United States, Great Britain, or Germany.

During the recession of the early 1990s, per capita income declined, and unemployment reached its highest level in sixty years. A number of European countries have successfully adopted many of the most effective attributes of Sweden’s social democracy and have achieved even better results; many have reached or surpassed Sweden’s per capita income. Sweden’s entry into the European Union (EU) in 1995 is likely to further erode remaining differences among the nations. The Swedish welfare state now faces challenges that will test its very foundation.

The explanation given was that alcohol abuse leads to isolation and depression, conditions that are commonly related to suicide in general. Sweden’s suicide statistics remain relatively static and lower than foreigners assume. The only population group that has seen a marked increase in suicides in recent years is teenagers of immigrant families—a sad reflection of their difficulty in adjusting culturally, socially, and personally to life in Sweden. Socialism The Myth: Sweden is one of the last bastions of socialism.

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