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Sweden

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Transcript of Sweden

Sweden is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. It borders Finland and Norway and is connected to Denmark.
Sweden formed out of the Kalmar Union in 1397 and was unified by the king Gustav Vasa.
Capitalist Economy: Production and distribution of commodities take place through market economy or free trade
They have a high-tech economy and a comprehensible system of welfare benefits
One of the highest standards of living in the world
Main source of income is through exports, including machinery and transport equipment, chemical and rubber products, clothing, food, textiles, furniture and wood products
The freedom to buy and sell any good and choose any occupation
Score 20th in world rank for best economy
Advantages: Steady growth, shared growth, more possibilities to develop yourself socioeconomically, freedom of choice, minimal role of government, increased productivity
Disadvantages: Expensive standard life, depends on all exports, leads to monopolies


Have a Parliamentary Democracy- all power proceeds to the people
Everyone has the same rights, opportunity to have their say, and everyone is free to criticize their government's power
Elections are held every four years and over 7 million people vote for people to represent them in the Riksdag (Swedish parliament)
North Korean Government
North Korea has been a communist country since 1948.
The system is classless, moneyless, and stateless.
There are no privately owned properties.
The government owns everything, including transport products, oil, properties, and etc.
Sweden Constitution:
Four Basic Laws:
Instrument of government: Freedom to obtain information Freely, hold demonstrations, form political parties, and religion
Press Act: principle of public access to official documents about the work of the Riksdag, Freedom to communicate information
Law of Freedom: Prohibition of censorship, freedom to communicate information right to anonymity
Act of Succession: rights of members of the House of Bernadothe to accede to the Swedish throne.
Economy
Background Information
China's Economic System

Makes decisions for the government to implement, has 349 members that are all chosen by the people- must receive 4% of the vote and be 18 years old or older to be considered a part of the Riksdag
Contains eight parties:
Moderate Party, Christian Democrats, The Liberal Party, The Centre Party, The Green Party, Social Democratic Party, Sweden Democrats, and The Left Party
Appoint a Prime Minister who forms the government; He appoints people that he would like in his cabinet that were voted into the Riksdag
- Has an output of major industrial and agricultural products
- Macro-control system taking shape
- Fastest growing market
Socialist Market Economy
Disadvantages of a Market Economy:
- Maximizing profits is more important than social needs
- Rationing of scarce goods takes place through money
- Money is absolutely necessary for survival
Advantages of a Market Economy:
- Due to competition between different firms, there is increased efficiency in work
- More people work harder due to the fear that they will lose their jobs, as the firms will fire people left and right to increase profits

Acts as a Monarchy for Sweden
Presents bills to Riksadag
Implements Riksdag decisions
Funding
Represents Sweden in EU
Enters into agreements with other states
Directs the activities and operations of the Executive Branch
The Riksdag
The Government
Government System
Source: http://Indianblogger.com/understanding-capital
United States' Government VS Sweden Government:

Why the U.S Says it's better:
Gives more rights to the people
Represents the people
Gives more freedoms
Promotes human rights
People vote for president not parties
Have equal balance of power between 3branches- not one person or group controls everything
Source: http://www.debatewise.org
Why Sweden Says it's better:
People vote for parties not a president
President and assembly not chosen on popular vote or together-creates conflicts
No power to change the president over four years- they can change the prime minster if they feel like they are not meeting expectations
Do not have frequent dead lock cases
Represent what the people want more
Source: http://dydemokrat.blogspot.com/2010/11
Source: http://sweden.se/society/government
Source: http://sweden.se/society/government
Source: http://www.historyofnations.net/europe/sweden.html
Our Flag:
Sweden

Our Country Project
By: Allie, David, and Erica
Reasons why we made the flag the way it is
: We placed a Star in the center of our flag because stars symbolize honor, achievement and hope. Sweden is a nation full of achievements that has made them one of the top places to visit and live. They live in hope that their government knows what they are doing and they honor how hard they work everyday. The star also symbolizes that every person in Sweden is very important to their country and without them, much like without the stars, the country would be no where.

Reasons why we picked the colors:
We picked white and yellow because we wanted to show Sweden's neutrality as a country and how they are never involved in any world affairs. However we picked yellow to show how Sweden shines and prospers and to display the happiness people have while living in Sweden.


Media Source:
We chose this video because it gives more insight on how the Swedish live outside of their government and economy. It is important because it tells us how we should act if we ever visit Sweden and it shares some other interesting facts that may be unknown about Sweden
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