Lisa Graham McMinn gives a good review at ChristianityToday.com of Phil Zuckerman's book Society without God, which examines the phenomenon of those remarkably contented, friendly, and irreligious Scandinavians.
When he was in Sweden five years ago, Dave the Swede encountered uniformly healthy, handsome, happy people who were remarkably friendly towards this American of Swedish descent. As he traveled the countryside with his Pop . . . wait, I can't keep this third-person thing up . . . sorry, LeeQuod. As I traveled all over Sweden with my dad and my oldest son, we were all struck at the remarkable lack of poverty, the prosperous, picture-postcard-perfect farms, the lack of trash and graffiti (which plagues much of Germany and Holland). Even the churches were immaculate--even though I'm told they are more museums than places of worship.
Why was everyone so nice, and why was everything so neat and clean and pleasant? And this in a notably post-Christian society? We asked ourselves these questions after the trip. We had no answers.
Guess I'll have to check out the book and see what Zuckerman thinks.