Swedish equality fades away as rich get richer | Reuters
They are only characters in “The Sunny Side”, a popular Swedish television series, but they drew so much attention to their wealthy neighborhood that an activist group called “Everything for Everyone” chose it for a class war safari.
The tour of the “rich man’s ghetto” promised to “cultivate your class hatred”. It was a one-off and participants were pelted with eggs but it sparked a soul-searching over growing income disparities in a country known for egalitarian values.
“I think many people would say this is the loss of one part of Swedish identity,” said Michael Forster, a senior policy analyst at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development OECD.
Once the darling of the political left, heavy state control and wealth distribution through high taxes and generous benefits gave the country’s have-nots an enviable standard of living at the expense of the wealthiest members of society.
Although still one of the most equal countries in the world, the last two decades have seen a marked change. Market reforms have helped the economy become one of Europe‘s best performers but this has Swedes wondering if their love affair with state welfare was coming to an end.
The real tipping point came in 2006 when the centre-right government swept to power, bringing an end to a Social Democratic era which stretched for most of the 20th century.
Strange Random Equality Quote:
“I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.” ― Winston S. Churchill
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Posted on March 22, 2012, in Article and tagged Economic inequality, Government, Michael Forster, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Reuters, Stockholm, Swede, Sweden, United States, Winston Churchill. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.