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General knowledge tops for Swedish status: study

Vivian Tse · 18 Dec 2010, 15:19

Published: 18 Dec 2010 15:19 GMT+01:00

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In addition, kindness became one of the desired traits for the first time in analysis firm United Minds' annual survey on status.

"You can forget about earning status by showing off expensive tastes. Neither a volatile love life nor pricey gadgets count. Instead, one should invest in soft values such as being kind, well read, good at one's job and handy," United Minds CEO Marie Söderqvist said in a statement on Friday.

Söderqvist is also the author of a book titled "Status - the road to happiness."

Separately, buying organic products came in 34th, while driving an eco-car fell to 42nd, compared with its peak at 29th in 2007.

The survey also examined what Chinese people determined was important for status. They believed kindness was most important, followed by being confident and assertive, having a clear outlook on life and a long and stable marriage.

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The Chinese also valued people who built their own fortunes, while similar to Swedes, they were not very impressed with pricey gadgets.

"Environmental awareness has really taken hold in China. We noticed that it gives someone higher status than among Swedes. As a Swede, it is perhaps a bit surprising, but it is clear that China has come a long way as a technology and innovation country," said Söderqvist.

Vivian Tse (vivian.tse@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

17:48 December 18, 2010 by Shazzer
Kind of odd that Swedes say they value "general knowledge" and yet the education system forces students to choose a discipline before they get to gymnasium.
21:37 December 18, 2010 by Tennessee Thunder
Swedes need general knowledge,,as stupis as they are,they need something.
22:39 December 18, 2010 by Argentina84
"while similar to Swedes, they were not very impressed with pricey gadgets."

What? Come on! I see Swedes (well, almost everybody not only the Swedes) strout their expensive buys everywhere!
08:01 December 19, 2010 by cmbsweden
For me personally, I think the values shown by the survey as important are pretty much spot on.
22:14 December 19, 2010 by Jonsol69.blogspot.com

Splendid news and without doubt true; that to have wide general knowledge and a liberal self-education in its truest sense according to the Trivium form, coupled with a combination of certain personality traits such as integrity, consistency and an ability to reason, are recognised.

However; in the secular world, according to my experience with the types that have interviewed me, judged flippantly my language skills and diverse experience, occupational and creative personal accomplishments as a counter weight to not having a polished degree or being under the age of forty; I would say this reads like pleasant nonsense.

Although; I am confident fellow readers would agree; if you want to go into rocket science, a degree in the subject is handy. Despite anything you may know; it would be as if knocking at the front door of NASA and expecting a deaf doorman to hear you.

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