Sweden VS Denmark
The project was about compairing the different approches to the lockdown between two different countries. The project was kind of challenging in the start. There was a lot of information and not easy to find out where to start. I started the project by preparing my interviews and finding people to interview. An old friend of mine who used to live in Norway moved to Sweden with her parents a few years ago. She lives in Stockholm. She is now 16 years old and is in the last year of middle school. Her name is Isabelle and she is the first person I interviewed. The person I interviewed from Denmark is my friend’s cousin. His name is Thomas and he is 18 years old. He lives in a small city called Herning, where he goes to school. They did not really have the opportunity to have a video chat, so I sent both of them questions over messenger. They both had really reflective answers which helped me a lot and, made the work for me much easier. Here is one of the answers which were really reflective and good:
How do you think your country has dealt with this situation?
Sweden is going for economic stability and mass immunity. I can understand where they are coming from, but at the same you can see the consequences. The number affected and deaths compared to Norway, who had a proper lockdown, are extremely high. Not having a proper lockdown is effecting peoples lives and is putting people in dangerous position.
I feel like I learned a lot from this project like how to structure and how to work evenly on a presentation, and not like making it the day before. I found the project challenging, but interesting with the big difference between the two strategies. For this project I tried to choose two counties that I knew had taken very different approaches to the lockdown and to the corona situation. I knew that Sweden’s plan allows people to be outside, visit bars, restaurants, and shops. Their plan is to keep life relatively normal. On the other hand, Denmark was one of the first countries to announce a lockdown, restricting public gathering, closing schools, bars and restaurants.
I also found it quite interesting how it makes a huge difference of how the people listen when the authorities in Denmark, and when the scientists in Sweden spread the important information about the restrictions in the different countries. I feel like if the authorities send out information like this and tell people to follow the restriction, they get heard. When the scientists spread the information, they are much more unlikely to be heard, because not everyone believe what the scientists say, and I feel like it makes it less important when it’s not coming from the authorities.
The presentation did also change my point of view in some ways. I found the statistics very interesting. I knew that the differences between the confirmed cases in the two countries were high, but what I found most interesting was the cases which had an outcome. As you could see on the statistics over there were almost 10 000 people who recovered from the virus in demark and only 561 deaths. In Sweden there were almost 5000 who recovered and almost 4000 deaths. I think that the reason why there are more recovered cases in Denmark and more deaths in Sweden, is that Sweden failed to protect the elders, there were a lot of older people who got infected. Older people are more prone to the virus, because of their immune system becomes more and more weakened over the years. In Denmark there were a lot younger people who were infected and who recovered from the virus. In the statistics you see that there are almost as many recovered cases and deaths as confirmed cases in Denmark. And there are a lot less recovered cases and deaths compared to the confirmed cases in Sweden. The numbers of recovered cases are only cases who had an outcome, people who got very ill. In sweden there are a lot of people who got the virus, but did not really have a bad outcome, and not so ill.
I also found out that there were more similarities then I thought. Both of the counties had a lot of the same restrictions as keeping distance, staying home if you’re ill, washing hands, sneeze and couch in your elbow.
I am very happy with the final result. I feel like I showed everything I learned with good structure and I included the questions of the interviews throughout the whole presentation. Next time I have to read through the presentation multiple times and look after typos.