The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia by Michael Booth -- I heard about this book while reading the comments of one of Bridget's blog posts, and decided it might be worth checking out. Thankfully my library had it, and I finally remembered to look for it. It was good! Well, I tend to enjoy learning about other countries and cultures, and this was one region I'd not read too much about. Sure, I see these Nordic countries often mentioned in the news. The Danes are so happy and people leave their babies outside in their buggies while the parents eat inside! And no one steals them! The Norwegians are so rich! The Swedes so welcoming of immigrants! Bridget has piqued my interest in Finland since her family moved there a few months ago. Iceland, well, they just have ice there, right? I swear I woke up Andrew when we went over Iceland one year because I was able to see it down below from our plane. Is that possible or did I dream that? I was so excited. He was so...not excited that I woke him from a nap. Planes are tough for us to sleep on!
Something mentioned about many of the countries, if not all....a lot of the people just don't like talking to strangers. The author tried engaging them in conversation and in some countries it was just horrible to the natives. The author mentioned Nordic people not having to talk to fellow countrymen because they were so much alike, they already knew what the other was thinking! He termed it a "high-context society." Weird and a bit boring if you ask me. (pg. 286)