Sweden’s pandemic response was average

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: lawrence@krubner.com, or follow me on Twitter.


According to The Economist’s gold standard excess-mortality database, Sweden’s performance across the entire pandemic ranks 109th in the world — a bit behind the relatively impressive performance of most of its neighbors across Scandinavia, but not that far behind. According to The Economist, Denmark ranks 65th in excess mortality and Norway 85th. Iceland, often hailed as the great European success story, ranks 53rd. Finland did a bit worse than Sweden (ranking 145th), as did much of mainland Europe, with more heterogeneous populations and cross-national mixing and lower levels of social trust. The United States fares considerably worse still. Cross-country comparisons are invariably messy, especially after three years of pandemic ups and downs. But judged from a global perspective, it’s hard to argue on the basis of Sweden’s epidemiological experience that its policy course was a disastrous one.

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