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25 maps that show how Sweden is unique

Sweden is a neutral country, a fact that has helped keep us out of war for 200 years. We like to think of ourselves as quite moderate people. We even have our own unique word, “lagom“, which means not too much and not too little, rather “just enough”. But we might not be just as average as we would like to think. In many aspects, Sweden is the most progressive and extreme country in the world.

Here are 25 maps that show Sweden being ranked number one or in the very top on various facts. Click on the maps for larger versions.

1. Milk consumption per capita

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Via Foodbeast

2. Global AgeWatch Index 2013

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Via GlobalAgeWatch

3. Equal distribution of income – Gini coefficient

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Via the Atlantic

4. Gender Inequality Index

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Via the Atlantic Cities

5. Social Progress Index

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Via SPI

6. Number of researchers per million inhabitants

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Source

7. Coffee consumption per capita

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Source

8. Failed States Index 2013

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Source

9. BCG Global Innovation Index 2013

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Sweden ranked #2. Via Wikipedia

10. One of only 22 countries Britain has not invaded

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Via the Telegraph

11. Average age at first sex

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Source

12. Heavy metal bands per 100,000 inhabitants

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Via Slate.com

13. Percentage of 15-year-olds who discuss political or social issues with their parents several times per week (Sweden among lowest)

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Source

14. Least religious countries

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Source

15. Government information transparency

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Via Washington Post

16. Global Competitiveness Index

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Source

17. Forest area in percent of land area

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Via World Bank

18. Corruption index

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Source

19. Percentage of Women in National Parliaments

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Source

20. World Press Freedom Index

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Source

21. The best countries to be a mother

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Source

22. Map of world happiness

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Source

23. Global Cleantech Index

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Source

24. Research and development expenditure as percent of GDP

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Via World Bank

25. Fixed broadband internet subscribers per 100 people

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Via World Bank

And finally a bonus chart. The result of the World Values Survey shows that Sweden is quite alone in the upper right hand corner. The graph below ranks countries on factors such as self expression values vs survival values and secular-rational values vs traditional values.

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Via World Values Survey

 

Footnote: Inspired by 40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World. This is a translated version of my post that was first published in Swedish on my blog “Sociala Medier“.

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