Swedes test a future of less work, more play

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    May 29, 2014 7:37 PM GMT

    whoop, whoop, 6 hr work days! icon_smile.gif


    http://finance.yahoo.com/news/swedes-test-future-less-more-play-150640783.html


    Sweden often stuns first-time visitors with its laid-back prosperity, making foreigners wonder how it is possible to have both lots of money and lots of leisure.
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    May 31, 2014 12:28 AM GMT
    And how it got it be such a major player on the world stage.
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    May 31, 2014 1:04 AM GMT
    Well they sure beat the USA in longevity, happiness measures, opportunity (likelihood of a child born in the bottom quintile moving up one or more brackets), literacy,etc. Not to mention even though they didn't start the war in Iraq they've taken in more refugees than we have.
    I mean, it's a bit apples to oranges to compare Sweden to America, but just because they are small and have no nuclear bombs doesn't mean we cant learn something from them.
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    May 31, 2014 1:48 AM GMT
    Jack_NNJ saidAnd how it got it be such a major player on the world stage.




    and you had to ask, bow to the Queen icon_razz.gif

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    May 31, 2014 2:17 AM GMT
    Now if I could just afford $400k for a studio...
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    May 31, 2014 10:51 AM GMT
    Some of their prosperity is due to their relative under population and abundance of natural resources, so it is not necessarily a fair comparison.
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    May 31, 2014 3:17 PM GMT
    It's worth to mention that it's only very few companies that actually are trying this out, but it's quite amazing.

    I think it's pretty cool, depending where you work, you might not actually effectively work the 8 hours you are there. And it might also prevent people getting sick from working too much so that is also pretty valuable for an employer.
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    May 31, 2014 6:00 PM GMT
    Ohno saidSome of their prosperity is due to their relative under population and abundance of natural resources, so it is not necessarily a fair comparison.


    Which natural resources are those? Are you confusing Sweden and Norway? Norway is the one with all the oil.
    And actually for a lot of countries to much natural resources is not good. It's called the 'Resource Curse'. It leads to an unbalanced economy, corruption and other problems.
    Examples- Russia, Saudi Arabia, most of Africa, etc.
    Norway has managed to escape it for the most part because they put virtually all of their profits into a trust fund for when the oil runs out. Rather than spend it.
    Having a small population where almost everyone is the same skin color and speaks the same language makes it easier for everyone to get along. If most people getting services looks like you and talks like you then you're less likely to mind when it comes to paying your taxes. I met someone from Karolinska in Stockholm that was talking about how immigration was becoming a big issue in sweden because immigrants and their children now made up 10% of the population.
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    May 31, 2014 10:36 PM GMT
    I'd rather have "less work, more pay."
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    May 31, 2014 11:52 PM GMT
    Buddha saidIt's worth to mention that it's only very few companies that actually are trying this out, but it's quite amazing.

    I think it's pretty cool, depending where you work, you might not actually effectively work the 8 hours you are there. And it might also prevent people getting sick from working too much so that is also pretty valuable for an employer.


    Are they doing this at where you work?