Sweden's Worst Challenges
Sweden has a number of challenges ahead as a modern and prosperous country. One of the most critical challenges is the economy, which is not growing (per capita) any more. This means that our ability to increase or even keep the current level of welfare is at stake. A growing population does not help as the immigrants cannot fast enough or at all find suitable jobs but have to live on allowances. A reduced welfare is thus what every Swede should expect unless we can make the economy start growing or drastically reduce costs in the welfare "industry" and other areas.
This applies to healthcare, elderly care, schools, law enforcement, technical infrastructure, social security, and cultural support. In short, everything that we Swedes have taken for granted and pay the high taxes to get efficiently and with high quality.
Why is it so?
Some of the reasons are discussed in the video interview with Hans Jensevik by Patrik Engellau at DGS-TV. The full interview (40 minutes in Swedish) can be watched here and an edited short version (12 minutes still in Swedish) can be watched at Fairshare Media World
An abstract in English is available in the blog post The Economy of the Swedish Municipalities
More about this will be discussed in other blog posts and on our forum Minds.
E.g. can we create more jobs and the right type of jobs matching the possible applicants?
Another critical challenge is the decreasing quality of education in schools and universities. This will also be covered in various blog posts and TV-interviews.
Other important discussions going on in Sweden (right) now deal with the reliability of mainstream media (MSM), "fake" news, IT challenges to democracy, and how to integrate all immigrants into the Swedish society. We will cover these discussions in a number of blog posts during the coming months.
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