Perfect

by Joel Sherwood


Is it perfect here in the Nordics? That's the subject of a recent New Yorker article, which takes a close look at a book that tackles the same topic. No matter the answer, it's a good sign these questions are asked at all. The question I've typically gotten about Sweden is "where exactly is that?"

The article highlights brewing concerns and shows that things are not perfect. It's a New Yorker story, so it's beautifully written. Hopefully the critique doesn't deflect attention on what I feel is a major global theme ahead: the world has a lot to learn from Scandinavia. 

I've lived here a while, so I figured I was biased. As these kinds of stories continue to pop up, I think two things. 1) I'm so glad word is getting out that this type of society is possible; and 2) why didn't I think to write that story myself.