The End of Swedish Exceptionalism

  • The center-conservative coalition… dropped one of its main vote-winning policies: tax cuts for those who work.
  • Unemployment is particularly high among young Swedes and immigrants.
  • The increase in economic inequality during the last decade was greater in Sweden than in almost all other OECD countries. 
  • Blue-collar workers and the lower middle class… found themselves on the losing side of a new globalized service and high-tech economy.
  • Sweden has accepted more refugees (and relatives of refugees) than any other European country. The influx from conflict-ridden regions such as the Middle East and North Africa has increased competition for housing and employment.
  • The comparatively generous social benefit system and lack of low-skilled jobs has resulted in a large number of refugees and other immigrants living on welfare.
  • Sparked by discrimination and lack of opportunity, Sweden has also faced the same type of ethnic riots that shook France’s suburbs a few years ago. 

As its metal goes, so goes a nation…