I've always revered the Norwegian countries thinking ohh look how responsible, how democratic. Realistically a countries success is related to it's problems right. In this region there is a congruence of race and culture that the US simply doesn't have to deal with. I'm sure if we were to demark the US and separate each ethnic group there would be a mark difference in teh ability to agree on what is good for the greater society. In this region in addition to everyone looking and sounding alike this same dominant group is able to influence everyone else in this 'positive' way good.