Sweden envoy touts welfare evolution

Sweden can serve as a valid role model of an effective welfare state because it continuously reforms an already well-established system through winning the support of the public, Swedish Ambassador to Japan Mikael Lindstrom said.

“To say nothing of the pension scheme, any welfare system is not static. It must be redesigned and modernized constantly,” Lindstrom said Friday during a visit to The Japan Times.

The ambassador, who assumed his post in October, also noted that the old image of Sweden having heavy taxes is no longer accurate. “For instance, the corporate tax in Sweden is only 28 percent, maybe the lowest in Western Europe,” he added.

Sweden is also providing another role model for the rest of the world, in the field of management, he said. Although small in demographic terms, Sweden has generated numerous multinational corporations, including such household names as Volvo and Ericsson.