This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 71%. (I’m a bot)
“It’s a self-inflicted wound, and they have no economic gains.” Sweden did see slightly less contraction in the first quarter, but now its economic pain is essentially equal to its Nordic neighbors.
Sweden’s 5,420 COVID-19 deaths may not seem like much compared with 130,000 in the U.S., but per capita that works out to 40 percent more fatalities than in the U.S. and 12 times more than Norway, seven times more than Finland, and six times more than Denmark, the Times notes.
Three months into the pandemic, “Sweden’s grim result – more death, and nearly equal economic damage – suggests that the supposed choice between lives and paychecks is a false one,” Goodman writes.