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Scandinavia: The Crown of Civilisation: Profiles of Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland, the best countries in the world!

I will expand this page to include more countries (Iceland, for example), more geography and maps, and notes on religion past and present. But for now I don't have any of my books. (One month to go until I get my library back!)

Suicide – an American rumour!

Sweden is quite far down in the European suicide table, in 15th place. Yet people abroad still tend to describe us as being more suicide-prone than others. The source of the rumour is a speech given by US president Dwight D Eisenhower in 1960, in which he claimed that “sin, nudity, drunkenness and suicide” in Sweden were due to welfare policy excess. People soon forgot the link to welfare policy, but Ike’s suicide label spread round the world.

Source Åke Daun, Professor of European Ethnology: http://www.sweden.se/templates/cs/Article____12355.aspx

Thanks for that little bit of mythbusting!

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