The Almost Nearly Perfect People : Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia
by Michael Booth
Editor: Vintage Publishing
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The Danes are the happiest people in the world, and pay the most taxesSweden is one of the largest arms manufacturers in the world.Finns have highest per capita possession of weapons according to the United States and Yemen54% of Icelanders believe in elvesNorway is the richest country on earth5% of Danes, men have had sex with an animalMichael Booth lived among the Scandinavians, on and off, for more than ten years, perplexed by their many strange paradoxes and character traits and also surprised by the blind enthusiasm for all things Nordic and hygienic that engulfed the rest of the world.He leaves his adopted homeland of Denmark and embarks on a journey through all five Nordic countries to discover who these curious tribes are, the secrets of their success and, most intriguing of all, what they think of each other.Along the way to a more nuanced, often darker approach emerges the image of a region plagued by taboos, characterized by choking the spirit of parochialism and inhabited by extremists of various shades.”The next Bill BrysonNew York Times Winner of the British Guild of Travel Writers’ Best Travel Story Book Award
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