People readily condemn Prime Minister Stefan Löfven’s Social Democrat (Sweden’s NDP equivalent) government for not emulating China and for violating what Swedish academicians called the “lockdown consensus.”
For its less restrictive approach in letting the population build natural immunities progressively (herd immunity), the government was called callous, irresponsible and even cruel.
While life during COVID-19 in Sweden hardly goes on as business-as-usual, the country’s borders aren’t closed. Schools didn’t close. No draconian confinement orders were issued. Shops, bars and restaurants remained open voluntarily. There’s a ban on public gatherings of more than 50 people but domestic travel is unrestricted.