Things Sweden Does Right

In Sweden health - both mental and physical - is taken seriously.  Here are some perks that MNN (Mother Nature Network) highlights in the above link.  This one is my favorite -

1. New parents are awarded great perks: Taking time off to have a baby? No problem. Sweden offers one of most generous parental leave programs in the world. New parents are entitled to 480 days of parental leave; of those, 60 days are reserved for the new dad.
little girl picking blueberries in woods in SwedenSwedes have permission to pick blueberries in the woods as a right of public access. (Photo: Måns Fornander/
And second for me if of course:
5. Vacations are big business: The average Swede get five weeks of paid vacation and works only 1,644 hours each year. That compares to an average of 1,776 hours annually in the 34 countries (including the U.S.) that belong to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Yet even with all that paid time off, Sweden still ranks sixth in the Global Competitiveness Index.

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