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Journalist, Michael Booth's timely new book sees the author embark on a revealing and often humorous journey through all five of the Nordic countries to discover the secrets of their success.

Today, Sweden - a country held up as a beacon of perfection by the Western world and yet disliked by its neighbours.

Reader: Gunnar Cauthery
Abridged by Richard Hamilton
Produced by Gemma Jenkins.

Release date:

15 minutes

Last on

Sat 15 Feb 2014 00:30


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Role Contributor
ReaderGunnar Cauthery
ProducerGemma Jenkins
AbridgerRichard Hamilton
AuthorMichael Booth

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