combination of ideals became a revolutionary force.
Out of these different movements sprang the rational SocialDemocracy that was to shape government politics in Sweden – and
other Nordic countries – for almost a century. Its egalitarian
Enlightenment ideology characterised the modern project throughout
the twentieth century. There are many Swedish traits that are
characteristic of this period; I would like to mention two well-known
ones which are interrelated and may be linked to the subject of this
study: equality and social trust. During the twentieth century Sweden