The Swedish Exception: Early Lessons from Sweden’s different approach to COVID-19

April 20, 2020

Sweden has been pursuing a different approach to suppressing the epidemic curve, relying mainly on voluntary measures and keeping more of the economy open. The main theory has been that the population would respond to advice from the government because of the strong level of trust in Swedish society – the citizens’ trust in government institutions, the government’s trust in the citizens, and the trust among citizens. Also, the approach of allowing the development of “herd immunity” got traction. Some aspects of this approach appear to have worked well, other aspects less so. The results so far point to a high death toll compared to other Nordic countries which have taken tougher measures, though the jury is still out on the long term outcome.

On the 22nd April, 2020 The LSE Institute of Global Affairs at the School of Public Policy in collaboration with SITE at the Stockholm School of Economics cordially invite you to the virtual seminar: The Swedish Exception: Early Lessons from Sweden’s different approach to COVID-19

The panel will draw early lessons from the Swedish experiment that could be relevant for emerging economies and developing countries that, for one reason or another, cannot afford massive lockdowns. 


Professor Peter Baldwin, New York University and University of California, Los Angeles

Professor Sara Hagemann, Deputy Dean, LSE School of Public Policy

Professor Ole Petter Ottersen, Rector, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm              

Professor Lars Trägårdh, Ersta Sköndal University, Stockholm

Chair: Professor Erik Berglof, Director, Institute of Global Affairs, LSE School of Public Policy 

Time: 15:30 – 17:00 (BST) / 16:30 – 18:00 (CET)

To register, click here. Following registration, you will receive a confirmation email describing how to join our virtual public lecture. 

The LSE IGA’s event series COVID-19 Crisis Management and Post-Crisis Reconstruction is curated by Piroska Nagy-Mohacsi.