Europe Still Has a Lot to Learn From the Scandinavian Model

Europe Still Has a Lot to Learn From the Scandinavian Model
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz welcomes Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin and Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson at Meseberg palace, in Gransee, near Berlin, Germany, May 3, 2022 (AP photo by Michael Sohn).

A recurring trope in the British media is an opinion piece that ostentatiously praises or condemns Scandinavian welfare policies. This tendency to reduce Scandinavia to a simplistic caricature misses insights into how these societies are adapting to social change—and how the rest of Europe might overcome its own challenges.

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