The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia

The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia

Michael Booth


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A witty, informative, and well known travelogue concerning the Scandinavian international locations and the way they might not be as chuffed or as excellent as we suppose, “The virtually approximately excellent People deals up the right mix of interesting and revealing proof” (Laura Miller, Salon).

Journalist Michael sales space has lived one of the Scandinavians for greater than ten years, and he has grown more and more pissed off with the rose-tinted view of this a part of the realm provided up by means of the Western media. during this well timed e-book he leaves his followed domestic of Denmark and embarks on a trip via all 5 of the Nordic nations to find who those curious tribes are, the secrets and techniques in their luck, and, such a lot exciting of all, what they believe of 1 another.

Why are the Danes so satisfied, regardless of having the top taxes? Do the Finns rather have the easiest schooling approach? Are the Icelanders as feral as they typically seem? How are the Norwegians spending their tremendous oil wealth? And why do them all hate the Swedes? In The nearly approximately ideal humans Michael sales space explains who the Scandinavians are, how they fluctuate and why, and what their quirks and foibles are, and he explores why those societies became such a success and versions for the area. alongside the best way a extra nuanced, usually darker photograph emerges of a sector stricken by taboos, characterised via suffocating parochialism, and populated by way of extremists of varied colours. they could rather well be virtually approximately excellent, however it isn’t effortless being Scandinavian.

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