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A Utopia Like Any Other

A Utopia Like Any Other

Inside the Swedish Model

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A Utopia Like Any Other is an accessible and easy to understand guide to contemporary Sweden and its politics. Part travelogue, part academic primer and part reflection on our own need for utopias, the book takes readers on a journey from the 1930s to the present day and from an Arctic iron mine to the suburbs of Shanghai. On its way it features a migrant camp, political festivals, radical feminist activists and concrete housing projects, TV talk shows and celebrity economists, faded bathing resorts, neo-Nazis, and the Scottish independence referendum. All of these different locations and characters are used to explain the Swedish model; what it is, how it works and what it means for the rest of the world.

Title A Utopia Like Any Other
Subtitle Inside the Swedish Model
Author Dominic Hinde
ISBN 9781910745328
eISBN 9781910324837
Binding Paperback
Author Bio Dominic Hinde holds an undergraduate degree in German and Scandinavian Studies and a Masters by Research from the University of Edinburgh on environmental narratives in Sweden. He also work as a professional literary translator and freelance journalist, writing about Scotland in Sweden and the Scandinavian countries internationally.
Back Cover Text

Does a utopia really exist within northern Europe?
Do we have anything to learn from it if it does?
And what makes a nation worthy of admiration, anyway?

Since the ’30s, when the world was wowed by the Stockholm Exhibition, to most people Sweden has meant clean lines, good public housing, and a Social Democratic government. More recently the Swedes have been lauded for their environmental credentials, their aspirational free schools, and their hardy economy. But what’s the truth of the Swedish model? Is modern Sweden really that much better than rest of Europe?

In this insightful exploration of where Sweden has been, where it’s going, and what the rest of us can learn from its journey, journalist Dominic Hinde explores the truth behind the myth of a Swedish Utopia. In his quest for answers he travels the length of the country and further, enjoying July sunshine on the island of Gotland with the cream of Swedish politics for ‘Almedalan Week’, venturing into the Arctic Circle to visit a town about to be swallowed up by the very mine it exists to serve, and even taking a trip to Shanghai to take in the suburban Chinese interpretation of Scandinavia, ‘Sweden Town’, a Nordic city in miniature in the smog of China’s largest city.

Table of Contents



Chapter One: Everybody’s Utopia

Chapter Two: A Workers’ Utopia

How Sweden made work pay 

Chapter Three: Democratic Utopia

Sweden’s diverse democracy

Chapter Four: A Feminist Utopia

How Sweden is halfway to equality

Chapter Five: Svennotopia

The struggle for Swedishness

Chapter Six: Ecotopia

A sustainable country in a dirty world

Chapter Seven: Cultural Utopia

How Sweden became a cultural powerhouse

Chapter Eight: Metropia

How Sweden built its homes for people

Chapter Nine: A Moderate Utopia

The new Swedish model

Chapter Ten: A Utopia Like Any Other

How Sweden’s future is everyone’s future

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BIC Subject Travel writing
BISAC Subject POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Cultural Policy
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