Do you find Swedes cool? Süddeutsche Zeitung does, especially after freeze-drying is introduced as a means of disposing of corpses:
Next: How to tell a living Swede from a dead.
I’m still working on it but in the meantime, you can check out allmusic’s entry about the duo. There might even be stuff to be found on YouTube.
Lust, unfortunately, is not available.
One thing which I have always (that is: since 1999) found peculiar about Sweden in comparison with Denmark is the different practial attitutes towards privatisations of welfare and education services.
If I look at a pre-1990 situation then I would suspect that the general attitude in Sweden was that welfare services should be run by the state or local government. Realities reflected attitudes: A dominant public sector with a minimal private (non-profit and for-profit) sector.
The situation in Denmark would be more of a grey area with ideal and non-profit organisations playing a relatively larger role in the provision of especially housing, health care and education.
Since the mid-1990s, the picture has become more complicated. Danish right-wing liberals (or libertarians or free-marketeers, if you like) have made endless complaints about the lack of privatisations under the present government, while the privatisation of housing, health care and primary and secondary education are at the centre of the new Swedish government’s – and not least centre-right controlled local councils’ – agendas.
Anyway: What inspired all this was a note in today’s DN that allmost all primary schools in Älvsjö school district in Stockholm are the target of what can only be called a management buy-out.
Perhaps the logic is this: In many ways, the Danish welfare state rests on a layer of ideal and non-profit organisations placed between the state and “the market”, while the Swedish welfare state has been based on a strict state/market-divide where ideal and non-profit organisations played only a minor role.
My hypothesis is that the presence of a “grey layer” of non-profit organisations in the welfare sector has made privatisations in the stricter sense less attractive (both to the state and private entrepreneurs) and more complicated in Denmark compared with Sweden. I should nte that there are sectors where the Danish welfare system is more privatised than the Swedish – old age pensions are an obvious case.
Finally: This is not a normative conclusion (for or against private provision of welfare) but a consideration about the forces affecting the organisation of the welfare state.
Note: Swedish-readers might want to look at this Op-Ed in Svenska Dagbladet by the chair..euh..person of the Swedish Teachers’ Union calling for a reversal to the pre-1991 system where the state controlled schools directly.