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Liberalisation fastest in Sweden: report

TT/The Local/cg · 24 Mar 2012, 19:38

Published: 24 Mar 2012 09:47 GMT+01:00
Updated: 24 Mar 2012 19:38 GMT+01:00

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"Among developed economies, Sweden's climbed the ranks fastest since 1996," said the think tank's political analyst Anthony Kim to newspaper Svenska Dagbladet (SvD).

Kim's comments come in response to a study carried out by Heritage at the behest of SvD.

The newspaper wanted to know more about how the pace of liberalisation in Sweden compared with how the process had been carried out in other countries.

Liberalisation policies have been backed by previous social democratic governments as well as the current centre-right government.

Certain areas make Sweden stand out in the crowd, in particular labour migration, the country's publicly funded, privately managed free schools, and the deregulated railroad.

Sweden's regulations on labour migration, where being offered employment is enough to make the system one of the most open in the western world, according to OECD.

The Swedish school system is also one of the world's most liberal. Only Chile's school system is at a similar level. What's completely unique is that the Swedish government doesn't care who owns the school.

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"In twenty years, we went from one of the world's most regulated school systems to the world's most liberal," said national economist Jonas Vlachos to Svenska Dagbladet.

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10:58 March 24, 2012 by StockholmSam
"'In twenty years, we went from one of the world's most regulated school systems to the world's most liberal,' said national economist Jonas Vlachos to Svenska Dagbladet."

Yes, and now everyone in Sweden is wondering why the quality of students produced by the Swedish system has fallen like a stone. Our math and science results relative to the rest of the world have gone from respectable to laughable in the same 20-year span.
12:01 March 24, 2012 by Borilla

Jaha! They are trying very hard to imitate the US system. "Liberalization" is the right-wing code word for eliminating the middle class and creating an entitled 1%.
14:01 March 24, 2012 by azimov
What has 'liberalisation' and de-regulation done for those advanced western economies? Dropped them into a large toilet. Prices go up, quality and conditions go down, and a small group of well-placed people become rich.
14:09 March 24, 2012 by eltechno
And the Social Democrats, who signed on for this rubbish, went from being perhaps the most influential political party in history to a sad joke that rarely even wins election in Sweden anymore.
15:04 March 24, 2012 by minzi
Who is to blame for that? Let us face the fact is Swedish is getting more interested in Facebook, and losing interests on how this society can become better for self and for the other Swedish too.
15:23 March 24, 2012 by Reason abd Realism
'...What's completely unique is that the Swedish government doesn't care who owns the school.'

And what is also unique is that the Swedish government does not care that the math and science scores are plummeting, as StockholmSam points out, which is inexcusable for a relatively well-off nation as we march further into the information age.

If the Swedish government wants to allow any joker to open a private school, then the government has a responsibility to introduce nationwide testing to ensure that core material is taught properly. Diligent parents and students could then respond after a dismal nationwide midterm exam in the fall by taking extra steps to sharpen up the student's skills at home, and to get through the required material for that year rather than allow a particular school or instructor to continue to allow his/her class to fall behind.

The content nationwide tests could eventually act as a published benchmark of the quality of math, science, and reading comprehension education in Sweden vs. other nations. Sounds like there would be some way to go before these could be a source of pride, but the nation has to start somewhere.
15:46 March 24, 2012 by HenryPollard
The billionaire Koch-brother funded Heritage foundation.

A foundation who long for turning nations into 100% libertarian paradises, such as......Somalia.

What has happened to Sweden since the privatizations of the 1990s has been nothing short of a rape. Everything that the Sverige of Olof Palme stood for has been eroded in the name of short-term cash boosts.
16:37 March 24, 2012 by Larry Thrash
The lack of self discipline results from a cradle to grave welfare system. Schools aren't at fault. It's the lack of personal responsibility and this is supported by left wing politicians and voters. Thank God Sweden hasn't gone all the way with socialism like that "worker's paradise" of North Korea.
18:24 March 24, 2012 by cogito
#7 Olof Palms almost single-handedly destroyed Swedish education.

Then he sent his son to Harvard.

#2 and #7 are hearing messages from the mother ship again?

HInt: if you remove your tinfoil hat, the voices will stop
20:09 March 24, 2012 by HenryPollard
"Olof Palms almost single-handedly destroyed Swedish education"

Oh really?

Why did the education sector of Palme's era score higher on benchmarks of international education standards than the modern Heritage-foundation approved, oligarch backed privatised system?
03:47 March 25, 2012 by Grokh
Its funny how sweden seems to at one time have had a model that worked fine... and all the sudden they keep changing it to copy models that are a complete failure filled with inequality and injustice.

and yet they keep changing more and more towards what everyone in the world is complaining about
01:50 March 27, 2012 by phil23456
So Sweden's generous refugee intake is actually just the government importing cheap labour to please big multi national companies and even the left wing governments are hand puppets of the IMF & world bank.

Demand tighter labour regulations Sweden & be careful who running your schools, In the UK they are just being to tighten up on schools teaching an extreme version of Islam.

Maybe the Swedish Democrats are actually tomorrows hero's ?
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