Sweden has been improving in the last decade as they have elected two consecutive conservative leaning governments. The Socialist Democrats in Sweden have been reduced to opposition.
Sweden has a 25% VAT . . . but the new regeme has reduced personal income taxes and most of my relatives there are doing OK.
They are starting to have immigration problems . . . Turks and Moroccans are marching over the bridge and the lefty-loon do-gooders in Sweden just want to give them stuff. Of course in cities like Malmo . . . it is dangerous for Swedish girls to walk the streets after dark.
My grandfather camer to North America in 1906 with a few dollars in his pocket, bought a quarter section, raised 11 kids who were all productive citizens.