Why Swedes Are Trading Jobs For Meaning

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Photo illustration by Mark Riechers. Original photos by De'Andre BushChris Arock (CC0).

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If there’s one country where you wouldn’t expect to see much burnout, it’s Sweden — the model society famous for its extensive social services and high level of well-being. But clinical psychologist Filip Bromberg says many young Swedes are suffering from serious stress and burnout, to the point where they’re abandoning seemingly good, high-paying jobs in search of more meaningful lifestyles. This sense of ennui has even inspired a new philosophical movement.