It is Monday morning, again. Another morning at Copenhagen Airport a.k.a Kastrup.
Last year I had 280 travelling days. This year, maybe more.
I have my routines at the airport which notmally starts with a coffee at Starbucks.
The World Economic Forum, a nonprofit foundation, has ranked the most educated countries in the world as part of its annual Global Competitiveness Report.
The WEF created the index using a variety of objective and subjective measures.
Each country’s score, from 1 to 7, is based on factors including secondary education enrollment rate and tertiary education enrollment rate – which means the number of people who studied either at university or an equivalent, such as a nursing college.
10. New Zealand
New Zealand constantly ranks among the top education systems in the world. The country’s education department is innovative: in September, the government outlined plans to introduce online education courses, whereby students are not required to attend school on certain days of the week.
Australia is a well-educated country, and has a particularly high proportion of tertiary-educated adults. 43% of adults have trained at an institution after leaving school – that’s behind only Canada, Japan, Israel, Korea, the US, and the UK.
8. United States
A large proportion of adults in America have a university education – 43%. That is the fifth highest proportion in the OECD.
Norway has high levels of taxation and invests heavily in education. It devotes an annual expenditure of approximately £11,000 ($14,000) per pupil from primary to tertiary education – the third highest figure in the OECD.
Denmark is the OECD country that spent the largest share of its wealth on education, with a total expenditure on educational institutions of 7.9% of its GDP. It is a major priority in the country: it was one of the few countries where education expenditure actually grew during the financial crash of 2008-2010.
In Belgium, higher education pays: unemployment rates for those with a tetiary education is just 3%. Unemployment rates are lower than the European average for every other level of education, too.
Teaching is a well-paid profession in the country: teachers salaries are on average £57,000 ($74,000) adjusted for purchasing power. The OECD average is £39,000 ($52,000).
A large majority of Switzerland’s population has attained a full secondary education: 86% of 25-64 year olds. A large majority of Switzerland’s population has attained a full secondary education: 86% of 25-64 year olds. The country spends a lot on it: an average of £12,500 ($16,000) per student per year, compared to the EU average of £7,500 ($9,500).
The Dutch rank highly in many fields of education. A third of Dutch 25-64 year olds hold a university degree, which is significantly higher than the OECD average of 24%.
Finland’s education system is widely-acclaimed, especially since a 2010 documentary, “Waiting for Superman,” compared it favourably with the USA’s. Teachers are selected from the top 10 percent of the country’s graduates, and are required to earn a master’s degree in education.
Singapore’s education system is the most highly-regarded in the world, but it is also famously known as a “pressure cooker” for its intensity and strictness. Global comparisons of maths and science ability are often topped by Singapore’s school system.
This time my home country Sweden was just outside the top ten. So there is something to work on.
Source: World Economic Forum
Open markets are essential for a sustained global recovery and equity for years to come.
Cristine Lagarde, Jim Yong Kim and Roberto Azevedo has written an article in Wall Street Journal about trade.
Many of the world’s economic leaders gathering this week in Washington for the International Monetary Fund/World Bank annual meetings may face discontent back home. Adding to a variety of worries, skepticism over trade has risen, protectionism has increased, trade itself has stagnated, and productivity growth has lagged.
To read the article: WSJ
Tonight we plays our second round qulifying game in the FIFA Soccer World Cup. In the first game Sweden got a 1-1 draw against Netherlands.
Now we play Luxembourg away, a game we have to win. On Monday we play Bulgaria at home.
We need six points from these two games, before we play group favourite France in Paris in November.
Maybe it is time for the next one, Super-John Guidetti. Our next big soccer star.
My guess is that Guidetti scores tonight. Sweden wins 3-0.
You want to learn a foreign language but you’re stuck on which one to go for? Well my friend, don’t follow the crowd, go for a fun choice like Swedish. What’s that? You’re not sure? Then let me convince you!
If you had to bet on which two Germanic former classmates would hook up with each other at the Indo-European Language High School reunion, you could bet your house on the Swede and the English-speaker being the first to sneak off together.
Anglo-Saxians regularly complain that foreign languages are bloody hard to learn. Luckily for us, Swedish is one of the easiest options — there are many similarities between our languages in terms of grammar, syntax and vocabulary! These similarities stem from the languages’ shared Germanic roots, and as an English-speaker you can take advantage of this common linguistic heritage. For instance, learning vocabulary in another language can be difficult, but you’ll be pleased to hear that there are thousands of cognates (words that sound the same and have the same meaning) in Swedish which you can cling onto like a safety blanket during your Odyssé (yup, another cognate) into the language. It’s a tough call, but my favorite Swedish-English cognates have got to be Detonator, Exhibitionist and Pudding.
Once you’ve got your tongue around those extra vowels (å, ä & ö), and you’ve managed to tune your ears into the language’s wonderfully melodic pronunciation, you’ll find yourself becoming fluent in Swedish faster than it would take you to build an IKEA bedside table (okay, maybe not that fast).
Reason two: Swedish is your master key to all Scandinavian languages
Swedish is the most widely spoken of the Scandinavian languages, boasting more than 10 million native speakers in both Sweden and Finland. But choosing to learn Swedish purely on numbers alone is missing the point; the real beauty of learning Swedish is that you open the door to the entire Scandinavian language, with a high level of mutual intelligibility between Swedish, Danish and Norwegian. That’s quite the nifty language hack.
We’ve covered the close relationship between Swedish, Danish and Norwegian before, so trust me when I say that if you choose to learn Swedish, you’re basically proclaiming “all your Scandinavian language are belong to us.”
Reason three: Sweden’s a great place for expats
Okay, this one’s easy to sell.
Free education and healthcare. High salaries. A mecca for interior design lovers. Oh, and it happens to be one of the most socially progressive societies on the planet. It’s no wonder Sweden is consistently ranked as one of the most desirable places to live in the world. So surprise, surprise, expats are being tempted to up-sticks and relocate to swanky downtown Stockholm apartments or cutesy cabins deep in vales of the Swedish countryside.
Want more? Then how about those achingly beautiful lakes and fairytale forests? They’re enough to make a man want to escape into the wild with nothing but a Sandqvist rucksack, a few tins of pickled herrings, and some Stieg Larsson for company.
Reason four: Solve a Swedish mystery
Today’s language learner is a privileged fellow indeed.
Modern technology has enabled us to craft inventive approaches to language learning, and one of the easiest (and most fun) ways to practice your Swedish is to pop on Netflix and settle down to a tense evening of epic crime drama. The Bridge, Wallander (the original), Arne Dahl… Sweden has been pumping out top-quality crime dramas with Volvo-levels of reliability. And watching these shows is a GREAT way for you to hear native Swedish, perfect your pronunciation, and brush up on your “whodunnit” guessing skills.
Reason five: Dig into the culture like a pro
Whilst many Swedes will command an almost masterly level of English, you don’t want to spend your next Fika sticking out like a cream tea on a Smörgåsbord do you?
If you visit Sweden, or are lucky enough to move there for work or study, then stubbornly speaking English to everyone will leave you only able to scratch the surface of the country. Yes, you can still enjoy the delights of Abba and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo in English, but armed with Swedish, you could dive into a whole world of ice hockey, Champions League nights at Malmo, and Astrid Lindgren books!
Bonus reason: Oh so THAT’S what the name of that piece of IKEA furniture means…
Did you know that if you learned Swedish, you’d be able to impress all of your friends the next time you go to IKEA? But how? Well, because IKEA is a Swedish company, they inject a healthy amount of method into their madness when it comes to exporting their goods to the world. I don’t know about you, but I always thought IKEA’s naming department had a drunk Gothenburger fisherman on call 24/7 to help them come up with names for their furniture; as it actually turns out, the naming system for IKEA furniture offers you a window into the Swedish language as well.
For example, bookshelves and storage units are named after Swedish places — Finnby being the name of a bookshelf AND a small town about an hour’s drive outside of Stockholm, while curtain rails are named after geometrical terms (Kvartal, for instance, means quarter in Swedish).
So go on, break out the Knäckebrot, start learning the gorgeous Swedish language today, and you’ll be on your way to Swedifying yourself in no time. Lycka till!
Today I have been in Sandviken North of Stockholm for meetings and delivering a speech at a high-level Compliance Seminar.
I presented our AEO concept and developments in the field of compliance management globally.