Sweden, included in the survey for the first time this year, is a particularly interesting counter model.
Swedish anxiety with regard to the 17 risks tested is very much lower than the European average: none of these risks are considered a major concern by a majority of Swedes (whereas 16 of these risks are considered major concerns in the other countries surveyed this year). In Sweden, only 21% of respondents say they are worried about the risk of unemployment for themselves (versus a European average of 56%) and only 11% are worried about the risk of their spouse/partner’s unemployment (versus a European average of 49%). Furthermore, the risk of unemployment is not one of the three main worries in Sweden. It is cited less often than financial risk, road accidents, attack or theft and even IT risk.
Swedish people appear confident with regard to these risks. Sweden is the only country among those surveyed where a majority of respondents (51%) feel better protected now than they were five years ago. Logically, only a minority of Swedes feel they are now at greater risk of financial difficulties (38% versus an average of 62%), precarity (37% versus 59%) and unemployment (26% versus 51%).
Sweden is also the country where fewest people feel they take risks in their daily life. Only 55% have a general feeling that they take risks (versus an average of 64% for the other countries surveyed). Risk is by no means omnipresent for Swedes. Their greater degree of confidence no doubt explains their feeling of not taking risks. However, this feeling in no way reflects an aversion to risk.
Swedes are in fact the Europeans with the most positive attitude to risk taking: 57% view risk as a stimulant (versus an average of 38% in the other countries), 61% believe that you must take a lot of risks in order to succeed (versus 45%) and 68% think young people should be taught that in life they must know how to take risks (versus 58%). However, only 9% of respondents felt that there was a more positive attitude to risk in their country than in other EU countries. The Swedish people, though modest, currently emerge as the most confident in Europe.
It is worth noting that the Swedes, who show up in your study as feeling far less exposed and vulnerable than Europeans as a whole, live in a country with strong social cohesion and that belongs neither to the euro area or to NATO.
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