4S1F31 Tom Heberlein: More Choices and The Myth of Paying High Swedish Taxes.

In this episode, we do some myth busting about the value of paying collective taxes. We see how an American expat learnt to appreciate something about his host nation that would raise eyebrows and receive loads of criticism back home. It is often very hard for an expat to communicate the way other people in different parts of the world are living and how the particular system they live under would be of some good use elsewhere.


Tom Heberlein is a retired environmental sociologist professor from Wisconsin now living with his wife in Stockholm, Sweden. Tom explains how he fell in love with Sweden. He also explains why the myth and mystery of paying high taxes in Sweden is misinterpreted buy many Americans. Tom also takes the time to explain step-by-step why logical and fair tax paying is better for the collective community.     

     Six Reasons Why to appreciate Swedish Taxes: 

  1. Swedish income taxes aren’t much higher than US taxes. Also taxes in Sweden provide universal medical and education. 
  2. Tax forms are simple. In fact, Swedish tax forms come already filled out!
  3. There is NO property tax.
  4. Sales taxes in Sweden are higher but far less noticeable and included in a sale.
  5. People who pay taxes in Sweden are given a cash return instead of hard to calculate deductions.
  6. Slightly higher taxes in Sweden give tax payers more choices and, in turn, freedoms.


I’m an American Living inSweden. Here’s why I came to embrace the higher taxes.

Related Article:

Living in Switzerland ruined me for America and its lousy work culture.       


Thank very much for taking the time this week to share. 

If you have any feedback, please leave a note in the comments section below or leave a voice message via our SpeakPipe page. We would love to hear from you!

If you enjoyed this please share it with your friends, family and co-workers by using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post.

Please subscribe to the show on iTunes to get automatic episode updates of our podcasts.

And, finally, please take a minute to leave us an honest review and rating on iTunes. They really help us out when it comes to the ranking of the show and I make it a point to read every single one of the reviews we get.

Please help us spread the word and leave a review in iTunes by clicking here!

Thank you for listening to Four Seas One Family. We are all the same and at the same time uniquely different!