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Sweden does most for the world's poor: study

Rebecca Martin · 8 Nov 2011, 10:27

Published: 08 Nov 2011 10:27 GMT+01:00

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Neighbours Norway, Denmark and Finland came in at 2nd, 3d and 6th respectively in the 2011 Commitment to Development Index (CDI), an annual ranking compiled by the Washington DC-based CGD think tank.

”The high scores of the top four owe above all to their generous aid giving. The high standings of Sweden and Norway also derive from their openness to immigrants from developing countries, including refugees,” said CGD research fellow David Roodman in a statement.

The CDI measures national efforts in seven policy areas that are important to developing countries: aid, trade, investment, migration, environment, security and technology.

”Sweden comes in first on the 2011 CDI on the strength of its high aid quality and quantity, admissions of large numbers of migrants and low and falling greenhouse gas emissions,” the brief reads.

Sweden scored 7.7 overall, slightly ahead of Norway's 7.0 and Denmark's 6.9.

Once again Sweden scored highest in aid, migration and environment.

According to the CDG, the Swedish foreign aid program is one of the best in the world in terms of quantity, weighted for country size, as well as its quality.

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The researchers also state that Sweden bears a large burden of refugees in humanitarian emergencies, provides little protection to domestic producers of agricultural products, and has the lowest greenhouse gas emission rates per capita of the CDI countries.

Just like last year, Sweden did less well when it came to investment, security, and technology, where Sweden was penalized for high arms exports to poor and undemocratic governments as well as weak support for the creation and development of technological advances.

Rebecca Martin (rebecca.martin@thelocal.se)

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10:48 November 8, 2011 by old jack
Sweden abuses and kills the sick and elderly to fund this "kindness."
11:43 November 8, 2011 by skogsbo
ironic or good editorial that this news was above dickens christmas carol ?!
11:58 November 8, 2011 by Migga
I guess some will never stop their hate towards Sweden. In my book it`s clear who`s number one.
12:07 November 8, 2011 by skogsbo
it's funny how the negative comments start to appear at about the same time the USA wakes up.
12:19 November 8, 2011 by Cornelius Hamelberg
It's good to know that Sweden is world champion in the first world division and definitely something to be proud of whether you are Friar Tuck or Robin Hood
12:46 November 8, 2011 by old jack
Re #3

I cannot morally, ethically support such reports that distort the full truth. This is not hate for Sweden. This is love and compassion and empathy for the sick and the elderly who deserve better but who are regularly neglected and left to die by the Swedish state.

These are my family, my neighbors, my friends. These are mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, daughters and sons who die and/or are greatly maimed bc there is a lack of pathologists, lack of access to MRI machines, lack of timely access to cancer treatment, lack of access to life-saving and life-enhancing surgeries, lack of rehabilitation equipment and wheelchairs, lack of current medicines and treatments, lack of ambulence service, lack of specialists, lack of funding, lack of hospital beds, lack of tp, coffee, sanitation, and humanity in elderly care, lack of assistance for the physical disabled, the mentaly disabled, etc.

I believe you take care of yourself, your family, your friends, your neighbors, the people in your community, your town, your län, your nation FIRST. When we in Sweden have fullfilled the needs of those who are our neighbors, then we can reach out further. But I can never support killing my neighbor, my neighbor's mother, grandmother, young child in order to top artifiial lists of people who give to those far away.

We should not butcher our own families to look good in the global eyes. This is Sweden's dirty little secret. I do not hate Sweden. I love people in Sweden, and I think that we in Sweden deserve better.

I would like to see babies such as Albin Hugo Tornqvist have a chance at life. If Sweden can spend millions on rebuilding burned-down schools, millions on importing housing, educating people, millions on the royal family, etc. If Sweden has the money for these projects, then Sweden has the resources to save this baby.
13:08 November 8, 2011 by bourgeoisieboheme
I agree, Sweden does more for the poor of the world than it does for it's elderly. Quite sad as these elderly are who helped make Sweden the robust economy it is today...
13:21 November 8, 2011 by canadianinsverige
ohhh Old Jack, the poor Swedes who are neglected when they are elders have the sixth longest life expectancy in the world (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_life_expectancy) , in a country with amazing social health programs. Try being born in Swaziland and then complain about social injustice to the elders, who happen to be just out of their teens. Get a life!
13:24 November 8, 2011 by Migga
@ old jack #6

It`s pretty obvious that you hate what Sweden and it`s politicans is doing. This article is about what country does the most for the poor in the world. Sweden does the most. The article is not about Swedens internal funding and how much should go to what.
13:34 November 8, 2011 by neoz717
@ old jack

100% agree!!

Sweden should take care of itself before taking care of others. There is a lack of dna test for dna related diseases in Sweden, that my doctor told me he had to send it to Germany! (That does not sound right to me, and it was not an issue related to me, but still sounds very wrong) And that is but one of many issues in Sweden, Sweden should take care of its citizens before taking care of others!

Nothing wrong with that.

For the people that are saying Sweden has amazing social health programs, hah! It might look that way, but they are very under staffed, not enough funds, some patients had to stay over night in toilets, I personally got misdiagnosed for tumors in two different parts of my body by the same doctor, and the list can go on with my experience but i wont bore you with useless info that you can read in the news for yourself.
21:18 November 8, 2011 by thinkaboutit
For those who don't have a heart towards the elderly and no concern for their care, I ask this. Do you think you are going to stay young forever? God willing, eventually you too will be elderly. Then you will finally understand just how cruel people are to the aged. Your ignorant thoughts of today will come back to bite your behind in the future unless you help change the way things are handled now. The generation that you are raising will be caring for you in the future and they will likely follow your lead on elder care. The way you are treating current elders is certain to be how you will be treated when you reach their age. Hopefully, you will maintain enough thought process to realize just how foolish you were. When you are older, hungry, cold, hurting, without meds, lonely, homeless, etc... maybe then you will finally "get it". Too bad it will be too late for you then. You will be living the same existence that you thought was good enough for others! ENJOY!!!
01:39 November 9, 2011 by glamelixir
Sweden takes care of the poor of the world so they can keep on manufacturing 24/7 all HM and Ikea clothes that they need. Imagine! If those kids in Bangladesh get sick they would have to pay real workers here and that will kill their lifestyle, wouldn't it?
04:57 November 9, 2011 by GeoC
I see homeless in Sweden. In Canada the government works hard to make sure everyone has a home.

From the prespective of an American Sweden takes care of their elderly a lot better then they do in the USA. I was pretty impressed with the places some elderly can go during the day for assistance without having to live in a home.

Finances in Sweden are still among the best controlled in the world (especially more so then the USA). The problems aren't so much in execution of programs (in so far as I know so far, still learning) but the lack of a population to support the wants (overspending on unecessary things just to say we did it too) and the lax welfare (Now this is a bit vague for me as before I came I had read that immigrants can collect welfare for 2 years while learning swedish and are not allowed to look for work and if they fail to learn swedish at the end of the 2 years then the cycle starts gain. I think this applies to refugees and I think it's naive to believe that there isn't a lot of abuse of this if I am to understand it correctly).

I think Sweden is a great country that should never lose it's identity but if people think some things are bad in Sweden they are dealt with a lot worse in the USA (minus criminal persecution, I am still perplexed by some of the things I've read such as the 'kill when drunk, it's ok you'll be innocent' that recently came up). There probably isn't any place in the world that doesn't have problems.
17:09 November 10, 2011 by cogito

Where did you get the idea that Sweden takes good care of their elderly?

Do a simple search in the Swedish press on maltreatment reports in Swedish geriatric care. If you don't read Swedish you can do search here on TL.

Here's a few search terms: "Nurse pressed vomit down patient's throat."

Or, try "nursing homes" and "bed sores, humiliation, maggots...."
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