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The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia

The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia (Paperback)

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The Danes are the happiest people in the world, and pay the highest taxes.



'Neutral' Sweden is one of the biggest arms manufacturers in the world.



Finns have the largest per capita gun ownership after the US and Yemen.



54 per cent of Icelanders believe in elves.



Norway is the richest country on earth.



5 per cent of Danish men have had sex with an animal.



Michael Booth has lived among the Scandinavians, on and off, for over ten years, perplexed by their many strange paradoxes and character traits and equally bemused by the unquestioning enthusiasm for all things Nordic and hygge that has engulfed the rest of the world.



He leaves his adopted home of Denmark and embarks on a journey through all five of the Nordic countries to discover who these curious tribes are, the secrets of their success and, most intriguing of all, what they think of each other. Along the way a more nuanced, often darker picture emerges of a region plagued by taboos, characterised by suffocating parochialism and populated by extremists of various shades.



'The next Bill Bryson.' New York Times



Winner of the Best Narrative Travel Book Award from the British Guild of Travel Writers

HumourTravel & MapsTravel writing Publisher: Vintage Publishing Publication Date: 12/02/2015 ISBN-13: 9780099546078  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Michael Booth is the author of five books, including the international bestseller, The Almost Nearly Perfect People, winner of the British Guild of Travel Writers award for Book of the Year, and Sushi and Beyond, which won the Guild of Food Writers award

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Trends. Fixations. Obsessions. Love them or hate them, they drive consumption, shape fashions, and fuel imaginations. Most of them are fairly ephemeral, but the recent craze for all things north European (think IKEA, Nordic noir, Scandi-chic…) has at least some grounding in genuine admiration. Denmark leads the world in renewable energy use. The Finns have one of the highest standards of living in the world. Social democracy, apparently, flourishes. However, all is not as it seems. Englishman Michael Booth takes us for a comprehensive tour in this informative and highly entertaining book, which might just make you rethink your latent Scandophilia.

Marion, Web Team

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 24/08/2015

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