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The Danish journalist Mikael Jalving calls Sweden the country of silence. Sydsvenskan's Per Svensson disagrees. Johan Lundberg leads a discussion on national consensus and taboos.
A society in which conflict avoidance is a virtue is a weak society with no moral integrity. We bow to the strongest winds of the moment, and will do anything to avoid challenging them.
Collectivist Sweden combines a strong state with extreme individualism. That is why capitalism works well in our country.
The downsides of the Swedish culture of consensus culture are a lack of vision and a certain uniformity. But its advantages are greater: openness to others' arguments and the majority's respect for the minority.