Originally Published: July 23, 2017 6 a.m.
I just returned from a three week trip to Scandinavia. After experiencing those countries, I felt like I was returning to a second rate country.
For example, Norway is a democratic country with personal freedoms equal to ours. The country practices what they call the “Nordic Model” of socialism. It provides its citizens with free education through college and medical care at little or no cost to the individual. There are no slums in the major cities and the country has an excellent, low cost public transportation in Oslo and Bern as well as an excellent rail system. People seemed universally happy, unstressed and very civil to one another.
Compared to the US their taxes and cost of living are high....but wait.....they have a higher standard of living than we do. There are Teslas and BMWs galore. They have a longer life expectancy than we do. Perhaps that’s due to the Norwegians commitment to staying fit and having less worry.
My conclusions are that Scandinavians have a strong commitment to personal responsibility and a belief that everyone should be lifted up and given equal opportunity. Compared to that part of the world, we are far from exceptional.