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Will Sweden’s herd immunity experiment pay off?

The world depicts the country as “playing Russian roulette” by not enacting a coronavirus lockdown

Unflappable: Sweden’s state epidemiologist Anders Tegnell has become an unlikely celebrity during the pandemic © Jessica GOW / TT NEWS AGENCY / AFP

If I’ve learnt one thing in a decade living in Sweden, it is that it is boring. Its respectful, consensus-driven politics has little of Westminster’s drama, and the highly-independent government bodies responsible for the day-to-day running of things—known collectively as myndigheterna (the agencies)—value rule and procedure above radical ideas.

So Swedes bristle as the world depicts the country as “playing Russian roulette” by…

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