Sweden’s strategy seems to be working, but for reasons we can’t duplicate.


I don’t think this article is behind a paywall, but just in case here are a few pertinent quotes.

“Sweden has left its schools, gyms, cafes, bars and restaurants open throughout the spread of the pandemic. Instead, the government has urged citizens to act responsibly and follow social distancing guidelines.”

The key here is that they did. Life is certainly not normal and their economy is suffering big time, just not as badly as other nations. For sample, a popular Easter trip is the ferry to Gotland. Down 96% even though no restrictions.

“Part of that approach relies on having access to one of the world’s best-functioning health-care systems. At no stage did Sweden see a real shortage of medical equipment or hospital capacity, and tents set up as emergency care facilities around the country have mostly remained empty.”

“As of Sunday, Sweden had reported 1,540 deaths tied to Covid-19, an increase of 29 from Saturday. That’s considerably more than in the rest of Scandinavia, but much less than in Italy, Spain and the U.K., both in absolute and relative terms.”

Population is only about 9 million. That would be like 54,000 deaths in the US. So how successful might be in the eyes of the beholder. Even so, nurses did not have to wear trash bags for PPE. Nor did regions have to compete for supplies.

“Swedish characteristics that may be helping the country deal with the current crisis. More than half of Swedish households are single-person, making social distancing easier to carry out. More people work from home than anywhere else in Europe, and everyone has access to fast Internet, which helps large chunks of the workforce stay productive away from the office.”

“I have very high confidence in the Swedish authorities that manage this,” Volvo Cars CEO Hakan Samuelsson said in a phone interview. “It’s a hard balance to strike, but I have full confidence in the measures that Sweden has taken.”

Confidence in their government. How about them apples? We haven’t seen much of that since the Vietnam War and then later Reagan famously said the government “is the problem”. If you think about it, our politicians have been running on the platform that our government truly sucks. Then they become part it and nothing changes. Or gets worse. As in today.


8 thoughts on “Sweden’s strategy seems to be working, but for reasons we can’t duplicate.

  1. RE: “Confidence in their government. How about them apples?”

    That’s a reversible observation. Another way to see it is: the Swedish government has confidence in the people. Instead of enacting laws to control public behavior, the government informed the public of the risks and left it to private choice to manage them.

    I’m more interested in the decision to allow children to stay in school. We won’t know the results of that for 30 years or so, but Sweden may become a poster child for risk-proofing the general population against new infectious diseases. The children who develop immunity today may well become the otherwise decrepit adults who face no risk from Covid-19 tomorrow.


  2. …”the government informed the public of the risks and left it to private choice to manage them.”

    It’s only 15 cases, soon it will be zero.

    China and President Xi are doing a great job in response to this (Mar 24 tweet).

    There are plenty of tests out there.

    How in the hell are we supposed to believe anything that has been said?

    And it has been proven that we are overly selfish and incapable of making the right choice to protect each other. If the country as a whole understood as the Swedes do, there wouldn’t be 32% of us calling for opening things back up as if nothing happened.

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      1. How about changing the administration to another one that is not so confused or untruthful or fickle or vengeful or thin skinned or corrupt or….

        Vote Biden in 2020.


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          1. I don’t think he is confused at all. He is certainly a lot more coherent than Trump off the teleprompters.

            By isolating confused you at least seem to agree the other “qualities” I mentioned are part of this administration.

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