13 February 2009

Doesn't Nadya Sound Like a Swedish Name?

I recently talked with an English guy from Sweden.

I queried him about the country and he said, "Well, you know, in the UK we have these lovely little bits that are surrounded by poverty and unsafe areas. But in Sweden, it all seems to be lovely bits. They don't seem to have any areas with poverty. Everyone has a Volvo and a three-bedroom place. I don't know how they do it."

And then he told me that Swedish companies offer 18 months of paternity leave for new fathers. Should the father not want to use his, he can lump it in with his wife's leave, giving her a total of 36 months. 3 years leave per child.

If I were Nadya Suleman, I would have moved to Sweden before giving birth to 14 children. Just think about it: 42 years of paid leave. With leave polices like that, who needs a career? It makes you wonder, really, how it is with such inducements that Sweden has a population of only 9 million.

4 comments:

Gypsy at Heart said...

They don't have more people because they produce something like .05 children per couple. Swedes marry late (most never at all they just enter into partnerships) and have few offspring. They also don't have as much immigration because the government has become more strict about who they grant citizenship too. And taxes in Sweden are astronomical. So is the cost of living. Still, it is true that it is a spotless country and there is no homelessness and everybody is superbly well educated. I've wanted to live there since I first clapped eyes on its beauties.

wheelsonthebus said...

you are totally going to hell for this one...

nunya said...

The rules of immigration mean among other things that a person from a non-Nordic country wishing to settle or work in Sweden must obtain a residence and work permit first, before coming here. If he applies for a permit after entering the country, the Immigration Board can refuse his application for that reason alone, without examining his grounds for applying. There are exceptions to this rule, as will be explained below.
http://www.immi.se/migration/control.htm

David said...

Al Williams'wife's sister is married to a Swede and lives there and I've known her to be on the verge of suicide for at least ten years. "I've got to get out of this place if it's the last thing I ever do" is as true for Sweden as it was for us in Vietnam. The incidence of alcoholism is high there for a good reason.