Admiring the Swedish model

<p>Herbert Lottman</p><p>Sweden always fascinates as a microcosm: a nation of 8.9 million people whose economy functions as if it had 89 million.</p><p>Its book world includes such mega-media groups as the venerable Bonniers, which in addition to operating on a broad spectrum in Swedish and Danish trade publishing owns the international Carlsen children's group (which has operations in Denmark and Germany), as well as one of Germany's most respected publishers, Piper Verlag (with sister imprints Malik and Kabel).</p><p>In Sweden alone, Bonnier group sales amount to Skr1bn (&#163;78.9m). Th...

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