Forget hygee: samfundssind is the Danish import that should have been

In March 2020, weeks after the pandemic arrived in Denmark along with the rest of the world, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen laid out her Covid response, and along with it, she revived a word that hadn’t been used since the dark days of facist expansion and the dawn of the second world war: samfundssind.  “As […]

Why Swedes don’t fight over the covers

From universal healthcare, to gender equality, Nordic culture is all about equal access to happiness, so it’s not surprising that that includes equal access to a good night’s sleep. Sharing a bed with a partner is one of life’s great compromises: in exchange for the warmth and intimacy that comes with a nighttime snuggle buddy […]

Robots Welcome: How Sweden Protects Workers, Not Jobs

email GARPENBERG, Sweden — From a mining control room, carved out of rock half a mile underground, Mika Persson has watched the robots on his monitor steadily advance in skill over the years, replacing more and more human jobs. He doesn’t mind. They replaced his once. A few years prior at the New Boliden mine […]