Wednesday, July 27, 2016

THAT tax argument

Perhaps, like many people, you think Sweden has high taxes.

It’s worth remembering in this discussion exactly what Swedes (of which even now there are a little under 10 million people) get for that money.

When you look at what this country provides for it’s people, from such a relatively small population base, then you may be very, very surprised


Sweden less tax

In a very detailed  report by Institut Économique Molinari, Paris‐Bruxelles called  (available here to download)

EU tax burden

the relationship between GROSS wages  and net  disposable income is discussed.

real net salary

tax liberation day

tax freedom day

Translated, that means that roughly HALF THE POPULATION OF THE EU pay more taxes than Swedes!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

30th Anniversary–Eketegen Cabaret

Every year for the last 30 years, Nils and Ingela Andree have held a cabaret evening in the meadows of their home, complete with stage, sound equipment, barbecues, etc. Their home is located near to Gustavsfors, a village set in the beautiful area of Dalsland.

This cabaret is for local artists or persons who have a direct connection to this area. This definition can range quite wide,e.g., two young girls visitng their Dutch grandparents holiday home in the area, came from the USA. There is not age bar here, children as young as 4 up to adults as young as…well, as long as they can walk. The evening has an international flavour as many in this area have holiday homes and come from Germany,Holland,France,England,Norway,, etc.

Here’s a little taste of the evening (if you click on the picture below to go to the video)

eketegen header

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Brexit increases Swedes support for the EU


Swedish support for staying in the European Union has grown in the aftermath of the Brexit vote, a new poll shows.

The survey carried out by pollsters Novus for Swedish broadcaster TV4 suggests that 63 percent of Swedes would vote to remain if a referendum on Sweden’s EU membership was held today, up from 58 percent in a previous Novus study conducted prior to the Brexit vote last June.

Political scientist Ian Manners, who works at the University of Copenhagen and is a Brit living in Sweden, says the shift is a sign that the Brexit vote has made Swedes think about the EU in more detail.

“It’s easy to say the key factor is simply the chaos in the UK itself, but I think that’s secondary,” he told The Local.

“The average Swedish person doesn’t think or care much about the EU, but Brexit brings it to the fore. The UK referendum made a complicated issue real, and people in Sweden are suddenly forced to think about what the EU is, rather than just having a vague opinion on it.”

The Novus survey also suggests that Swedish confidence in the EU has grown significantly. While in June, confidence in the union among Swedes polled at 38 percent, it is now up to 48 percent, and political scientist Manners puts that surge down to three factors.

“There are political, economic, and social factors at play. The potential for political chaos, for economic trauma, and the possibility of a single-issue referendum on immigration, as happened in the UK," he explained.

"All feed the changing perception on the EU in Sweden. Sweden can look on at Britain with horror and think ‘what do we have, and what do we not want to have?’”

from thelocal

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

The info on Sweden, from a French viewpoint


just click on the pic to be taken to an article from

strange swedes

Monday, June 27, 2016

Bengtsfors, Dalsland, Sweden

video:  click on the picture to go to the video – for best view go full screen

Bengtsfors video header


With my heartfelt thanks to the town for all it’s many kindnesses over 20+ years

Ashamed of being British

Sweden yes to EU

I am an englishman. In the face of the Brexit (racist anti immigration) vote ,I am not proud of that!

Friday, June 24, 2016

How are the mighty fallen!

Britain bails

original  headline and map from HuffingtonPost


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