I deliberated between putting this in GQ or here but decided on balance here because I want to discuss it not have a factual answer to it.
My question is simply whether Sweden as great as it’s painted to be economically, politically and socially. Sweden comes top of loads of international leagues in terms of human rights, equality between the sexes, low crime and high per capita income etc. It has high taxes but extremely low poverty and deprivation, is diplomatically respected, has a strong democracy and religious tolerance etc and seems to be considered the emodiment of a liberal western democracy. But is it really like that? I know someone from Sweden who’s gay and said that she and her partner have been verbally abused by strangers when out together, so it’s not a liberal paradise if nothing else.
Do any Swedes have any thoughts? People who’ve been to Sweden or know more about it than me?