Well this post is going to outline a big difference between the Swedes and the Brits.
According to a recent poll the Swedes Prefer Paying High Taxes for ‘healthcare, schools, and care for the elderly.’ You have to take your hat off to the Swedes, they do put their money where their mouth is when it comes to their beloved welfare state.
I remember the UK Lib Dems getting hammered by the press and political commentators in a recent election for suggesting tax increases to pay for the welfare state.
We are not just talking about one penny in the pound here but a really high tax. The Swedes seem happy with it and I guess they can see where their cash is going rather than in the UK where tax increases never seem to make a difference. There are still people in beds on hospital corridors or no NHS dentists in sight.
This is something I am going to have to get used to as in a few months I will switch to the Swedish tax system and I am braced for it hitting me really hard. Its easy to be selfish when you are single with no kids or family in Sweden but I shall have to console myself with the fact that my tax is being used wisely. Either that or go out there and create a family. Any volunteers? Don’t all rush now.
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