Sweden: the One Chart That Matters

Source: The Unz Review.

I remain shy about claiming Sweden’s Covid-19 response has been a success. Maybe we’ll know for sure a year from now, or a year or two after that.

Nevertheless, it is hard to argue with Sweden’s death chart that tops the article. As a bonus, the piece reveals New York Times failures in reporting the Swedish experience. The juxtaposition is between Nature and artifice.

6 thoughts on “Sweden: the One Chart That Matters

    1. Yes, it could. It will take awhile for new “vulnerable” cohorts to emerge. Will it be easier for them to avoid infection and death?

      Like

  1. The author is not shy about his political positions.

    Here is another perspective on Sweden.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53498133

    The economy is hurting, Better than Italy, but about same as other Scandinavian countries with much more mortality. 7th highest in the world for per capita deaths.

    Comparisons to NY and NJ are a bit flawed. Population density is not even remotely comparable.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. RE: “The economy is hurting, Better than Italy, but about same as other Scandinavian countries…”

      The Unz writer addressed Sweden’s economy as follows:

      “‘Unlike most European countries, Sweden didn’t impose strict lockdown measures. Now it’s reaping the rewards — economically speaking, at least. A report from Capital Economics published on Tuesday found that the Swedish economy was the least harmed in Europe, describing it as the ‘best of a bad bunch.’

      “Though Sweden was not immune to the pandemic’s economic impact, it was the only major economy to grow in the first quarter of the year, the report noted….”

      RE: “Comparisons to NY and NJ are a bit flawed. Population density is not even remotely comparable.”

      Per capita death rates are a valid comparison in their own right. Population density may be a factor in explaining death rate differences, but the metric is what it is.

      .

      Like

      1. “…it was the only major economy to grow in the first quarter of the year, the report noted….”

        Gee, I wonder why. If you don’t shut down in the early days, you will have a leg up. The first quarter ended March 31. Since then, the damage as been comparable or worse.

        You want an example, look at S. Korea. They never shutdown, but they tested and contact traced with vigor.

        Population density is definitely a factor. When you have 500 people living in a single high rise building as opposed to the Swedish countryside the spread is guaranteed unless precautions are taken. NY and the metro area which includes northern NJ is chock a block with high rise apartments. That is how Papas Trump and Kushner made their fortunes.

        Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s