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Declan Lynch: Nobody's perfect, not even those Swedes

OK, they gave us IKEA, ABBA and fancy cars, but then we're better at golf -- much better, writes Declan Lynch

Published 01/01/2012 | 05:00

In any discussion about the way our society should be run, there invariably comes a point when one of the participants clears his throat and makes what he considers to be the winning move.

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Adopting a slightly superior tone of voice, he cuts through all the confusion with a line that may have some validity, but which is becoming increasingly maddening: "In Sweden," he declares, "they do these things properly. In Sweden, for example . . ."

And then he's off, telling us how they have it all worked out in Sweden, and if only we were more like them, everything would be fine.

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