Contrary to common perception, Sweden is not a socialist country. However, Sweden is a capitalistic democracy with a vibrant business and entrepreneurial sector and a robust social safety net. How does progressive Sweden manage to stay in the top rankings of international leader boards for quality of life, the environment, innovation, global competitiveness, equality, low levels of corruption, and more? And Sweden is the first country in the world to formulate and pursue a “feminist” foreign policy! About 17 percent of Sweden’s population of over ten million is foreign-born. What does all this mean for the Swedes? As the political debate on the pros and cons of progressive policies gains momentum in the U.S., what can we learn from Sweden?
Julie Snyderis a retired U.S. diplomatic with over 30 years of experience in the field of international trade with postings at U.S. consulates and embassies in Canada, Japan, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and Sweden. Julie is currently researching and writing a book on Sweden. She is a lecturer on international trade topics for the World Affairs Council of Western North Carolina and teaches courses related to Sweden and international trade at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute on the campus of UNC Asheville.
Informal discussion and refreshments will follow the presentation.