“It is fantastic in theory, except that, in Denmark, the quality of the free education and health care is substandard: They are way down on the PISA [Programme for International Student Assessment] educational rankings, have the lowest life expectancy in the region, and the highest rates of death from cancer. And there is broad consensus that the economic model of a public sector and welfare state on this scale is unsustainable…

…The Danes’ dirty secret is that its public sector has been propped up by — now dwindling — oil revenues. In Norway’s case, of course, it’s no secret….. Denmark, meanwhile, promotes itself as a “green pioneer” and finger wags at the world about CO2 emissions, and yet it regularly beats the U.S. and virtually every other country on earth in terms of its per capita ecological footprint. For all their wind turbines, the Danes still burn a lot of coal and drive a lot of cars, their country is home to the world’s largest shipping company (Mærsk), and the region’s largest air hub. Sweden is supposedly “neutral” (it’s not, and has not been for decades), yet since the days when it sold iron ore to Hitler, its economy has always benefited from its arms industry, which is one of the world’s largest. The Norwegians have fallen prey to precisely the same kind of problems as other oil-rich states: their economy depends far too much on one industry (oil), they’ve taken their foot off the gas in terms of their work ethic, and now all young Norwegians want to do is be “something in the media” or open a cupcake place…..The difference is, few actually actively seek to move to Scandinavia, for obvious reasons: the weather is appalling, the taxes are the highest in the world, the cost of living is similarly ridiculous, the languages are impenetrable, the food is (still) awful for the most part and, increasingly, these countries are making it very clear they would prefer foreigners to stay away.”, Excerpt from Ana Swanson’s interview of British journalist and author, Michael Booth, “Why Denmark isn’t the utopian fantasy Bernie Sanders describes”, The Wonkblog, The Washington Post, November 3, 2015

“By the way, these Scandinavian countries are also able to under-invest in their and the World’s security/defense (and therefore more on their welfare state programs), because the United States of America invests trillions in the civilized world’s defense….”standing on the wall” and keeping them all safe from the world’s barbarians.”, Mike Perry

“Why Denmark isn’t the utopian fantasy Bernie Sanders describes”, The Wonkblog, The Washington Post, November 3, 2015

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