Posted 2 years ago on July 17, 2012, 12:11 p.m. EST by Underdog
from Clermont, FL
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I recently asked a young friend of mine who lives in Sweden to list his top 5 or 10 things he likes most about living there. Below is his response.
People are not afraid to go to the hospital or visit the doctor because of financial issues. Most people make a descent amount of money even if they don't become filthy rich and there is not a large gap between the lower, middle, and upper class. Basically the lower class in Sweden is like middle here. Everyone has a chance to go to college even without money because it's free and you can take out student loans to pay living expenses. Mothers can take one to two years maternity leave without worrying about loosing their jobs. Everyone has mandatory 6-9 weeks vacation (paid) a year and unlimited sick days as long as you can prove you are sick by getting a doctors note (which shouldn't be a problem). The public transportation is amazing and people of all classes use it (it's usually nice and fresh) and it's only like 100$ a month for an adult to get a metro card that takes you anywhere in stockholm . Once you've spent 130$ at the doctors office, visits and meds are free the rest of the year no matter what ( including ER). That should cover it. Basically you live a stress free life by paying 20% more tax than here.