Sweden, the Welfare State

Sweden, the Welfare State

Sweden, the Welfare State

Sweden, the Welfare State

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This is a reporter's story -- a factual account of the efforts of a small country to evolve an ideal pattern of life for its people. It is written as objectively as possible, for I have no ax to grind other than perhaps the thought that we in the United States might have something to learn from the Swedish example. I have made few comparisons because I realize that what is applicable to one country may not be at all suitable to another where entirely different conditions prevail. History, geography, and economics render such comparisons almost futile.

The idea to write this book came to me when I was press attaché at the American Embassy in Stockholm. Thousands of Americans visit Sweden every summer. Hundreds came to the Embassy. Most of them had heard that Sweden was far advanced in welfare and provided something of a model for the rest of the world. Successive Congressional committees also visited Sweden to study the co-operatives, housing, the medical program, and labor problems. This book is my answer to their many questions.

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