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The Almost Nearly Perfect People - Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia-logo

The Almost Nearly Perfect People - Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia

Michael Booth

Journalist Michael Booth has lived among the Scandinavians for more than ten years, and he has grown increasingly frustrated with the rose-tinted view of this part of the world offered up by the Western media. In this timely book he leaves his adopted home of Denmark and embarks on a journey through all five of the Nordic countries to discover who these curious tribes are, the secrets of their success, and, most intriguing of all, what they think of one another. Why are the Danes so happy, despite having the highest taxes? Do the Finns really have the best education system? Are the Icelanders as feral as they sometimes appear? How are the Norwegians spending their fantastic oil wealth? And why do all of them hate the Swedes? In The Almost Nearly Perfect People Michael Booth explains who the Scandinavians are, how they differ and why, and what their quirks and foibles are, and he explores why these societies have become so successful and models for the world. Along the way a more nuanced, often darker picture emerges of a region plagued by taboos, characterized by suffocating parochialism, and populated by extremists of various shades. They may very well be almost nearly perfect, but it isn't easy being Scandinavian.

Journalist Michael Booth has lived among the Scandinavians for more than ten years, and he has grown increasingly frustrated with the rose-tinted view of this part of the world offered up by the Western media. In this timely book he leaves his adopted home of Denmark and embarks on a journey through all five of the Nordic countries to discover who these curious tribes are, the secrets of their success, and, most intriguing of all, what they think of one another. Why are the Danes so happy, despite having the highest taxes? Do the Finns really have the best education system? Are the Icelanders as feral as they sometimes appear? How are the Norwegians spending their fantastic oil wealth? And why do all of them hate the Swedes? In The Almost Nearly Perfect People Michael Booth explains who the Scandinavians are, how they differ and why, and what their quirks and foibles are, and he explores why these societies have become so successful and models for the world. Along the way a more nuanced, often darker picture emerges of a region plagued by taboos, characterized by suffocating parochialism, and populated by extremists of various shades. They may very well be almost nearly perfect, but it isn't easy being Scandinavian.
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Journalist Michael Booth has lived among the Scandinavians for more than ten years, and he has grown increasingly frustrated with the rose-tinted view of this part of the world offered up by the Western media. In this timely book he leaves his adopted home of Denmark and embarks on a journey through all five of the Nordic countries to discover who these curious tribes are, the secrets of their success, and, most intriguing of all, what they think of one another. Why are the Danes so happy, despite having the highest taxes? Do the Finns really have the best education system? Are the Icelanders as feral as they sometimes appear? How are the Norwegians spending their fantastic oil wealth? And why do all of them hate the Swedes? In The Almost Nearly Perfect People Michael Booth explains who the Scandinavians are, how they differ and why, and what their quirks and foibles are, and he explores why these societies have become so successful and models for the world. Along the way a more nuanced, often darker picture emerges of a region plagued by taboos, characterized by suffocating parochialism, and populated by extremists of various shades. They may very well be almost nearly perfect, but it isn't easy being Scandinavian.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Ralph Lister

Length:

13h 15m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

29:42


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

09:00


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

18:26


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

13:19


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

15:51


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:47


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

23:38


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

16:22


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

12:24


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

13:10


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

09:36


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

20:28


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

18:05


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

12:17


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

24:07


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

18:43


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

18:29


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

10:04


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

13:24


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

16:29


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

20:31


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

11:36


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

16:37


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

11:50


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

12:54


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

20:25


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

17:02


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

26:50


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

29:01


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

29:11


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

14:56


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

21:33


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

17:06


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

18:48


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

14:31


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

25:01


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

22:21


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

17:08


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:04


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

17:29


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

16:19


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

25:15


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

14:10


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

18:39


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

14:18


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

13:54