Most think of Sweden as being a modern, open and technically advanced nation when it comes to the internet. But one of the hidden truths is that swedish citizens live in fear of the rest of the world. Why do I say this? Because while generally all other nations populations are open to technology and trends that come from the U.S. and other countries, the swedish population is not. Paypal, Amazon, Ebay and other well reknowned internet companies are frowed upon and miss-trusted.
Home is Where it Starts
Internet fraud in Sweden is growing. The fraud though seems to be coming mostly from within the Swedish borders. It is rare that any incident of internet fraud in Sweden does not involve a Swedish citizen. Yet Sweden refuses to embrace any business that does not look like it comes from Sweden. Though Paypal is the premier online payment service for the globe swedes choose to use companies like Payson.
Ebay in Sheeps Clothing
Ebay upon noticing that swedes were frequenting a well known auction site, Tradera.com, decided to buy it and make its money secretly. Ebay is only one of many international companies that are disguising themselves as Swedish businesses to overcome the swedish preference for home-made online trading. It would not be a surprise if Payson was bought by Paypal/Ebay also in the near future.
Sweden is For Sale
Because of the way companies must come in to the Swedish buisness market it means that Sweden is being put up for sale. Rather than opening new offices and expanding into the swedish market, businesses are buying their way in. This is dangerous to the Swedish economy because no new money is coming in. Pieces of the economy are being sold as made evident by the sales of Saab and Volvo. These names are probably the only real global connection that Sweden has to the outside world. Probably the entire countries economic system is dependant on them in some way. Yet they are being sold and traded around.
If the swedish way of life is to survive swedes will have to start being more open to the world. They will have to be more accepting of things they do not understand. There is a whole new age information out there with new choices. Time to start living in adventure not in fear.