A Utopia Like Any Other

A Utopia Like Any Other


A Utopia Like Any Other: Inside the Swedish Model

Dominic Hinde

ISBN: 9781910745328

Binding: paperback

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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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