What is the secret of Scandinavian success?

In the midst of European economic crises, the Nordic region has emerged largely unscathed, continuing to top global indexes in health, education, equality and well-being as well as recording impressive economic growth. Sweden, Denmark and Norway have drawn praise from across the political spectrum; from social democrats to free marketers, while Scottish nationalists often cite the Scandinavian countries as role models for an independent Scotland. But why is this region so successful? What is the secret? Or has the Nordic model gone from being idolised to being romanticised and mythologised? This must watch debate filmed at the Battle of Ideas includes a remarkable expose of Sweden’s dark history of forced sterilisation.

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