well, first of all you have like 40% of students completing university degrees as opposed to 20% in germany (i'm gonna compare sweden to us now, it's the only stats i know). secondly, most people think highly of the efforts sweden puts into early integration at school. in germany, classes get separated at the age of ~ 10, kids get downright selected into "stupid", "okay" and "bright". i don't really wanna google all the stuff but i'm fairly sure sweden has fared way better than germany regarding all things PISA as well, along with finland.
It is very easy to get into some bad universities in Sweden and you get all kind of state benefits like 300 euros every month and you can borrow with low interest rates up to 1000 euros. Last I heard the czech were outperforming us in PISA, Finland has long been the new rolemodel in education and we have just been getting worse results for every year.
i have yet to see an ugly swede, sorry. on average sweden must be the best-looking country on the planet. even your hockey players look man-pretty, to quote kelso from "that 70s show".
I wasnt really talking about beauty, more things that has to do with personality I cant really explain. Go for the norwegians instead, they are as beautiful but more sympathetic. Atleast from personal experience, most people from other countries probably wont ever see any differense between swedish, danish and norwegians girls. I still think czech women and french women are the most sexy on the planet, swedish girls are sexy until they spit like a baseball player on the pavement.
then you're pretty much the opposite to germans: we're in general a hard nut to crack but once we're open, you can trust us more than you'd imagine. we're even getting carried away to the point of being too loyal at times.
Yes, we have this reserved friendliness which makes it hard to break the ice too, I only have childhood friends I really would call my friends in Sweden while I have dozens of friends outside Sweden, some I only knew some days when I was traveling and still they would let me borrow the keys to their beach house without a problem. That would never happen here in Sweden, not even if you knew a family for your whole life.
are you sure? i've watched a long interview with the guy who created the mohammed cartoons, westgard or something. he would say, among many other things, that the scandinavian countries have certain labels within scandinavia. i don't remember what he said about the norwegians and the finns, but he stated the danish are cheerful and jolly and the swedes are melancholic and a bit somber - which is in line with what its crime fiction describes. was he completely wrong?
To me scandinavians get more cheerful as you go further to the west or south, norwegians, danish and western swedes (like in Gothenburg) are much more happy with life while eastern Sweden and specially Finland gets more dark and somber. Finnish people are probably the most somber people in the face of this planet, northern and eastern swedes (excluding big cities like Stockholm and Uppsala) are almost up there with the finnish. Even the way they speak in Gothenburg, Malmö and most of Norway and Denmark is very joyful and quite different from the heavy and slow speech in northern Sweden.
This doesnt mean there is secret criminal organisations which control every part of Swedish society ofcourse, the idea of there beeing a swedish maffia has always been an internal joke in Sweden (a norwegian maffia is even funnier).
as i said, if you compare what sweden did back then with what others did, you win. hardly any country on the planet is able to brag about its clean record from 39-45.
Some countries were brainwashed and full of hate, some countries fought couragously for the freedom of humanity (even if they didnt get a clean record) and Sweden took advantage of the whole mess and tried to make money from the war. We were not the worst but compare us to the norwegians who bravely stopped Hitler from getting the atomic bomb, then you cant say we were among the best countries at that time.