The Public Interest

Family decline in the Swedish welfare state

David Popenoe

Winter 1991

SWEDEN HAS much to commend it. Its cities are clean, its countryside beautiful, and its people healthy and long-lived. With no poverty, no slums, and relatively little violent crime and drug abuse, Sweden has to a remarkable degree minimized the extent to which the economic luck of the draw determines the quality of people’s lives.

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