The author is Michael Booth and the subtitle is Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia; please note the book is (at times) as much tribute as critique. I found it interesting and informative throughout, here a few passages:
Right now, the Danes are especially preoccupied with role playing — dressing up like Gandalf or elves and acting out violent narratives deep in the woods with their foam “boffers” (the name given to role-play weapons). There are also 219 folk dancing clubs in Denmark, but do not worry, as with the pigs, you very rarely see them.
Here is a not funny to outsider satiric video about the Danish language, cited by the book, which refers to its “declining intelligibility.” The video has about five million views.
You have got to love a country that enters Lordi into the Eurovision Song Contest and wins, which consumes more ice cream per capita than any other European country (14 litres a year), and has more tango dancers than Argentina.
I enjoyed this fragment of a sentence:
The Finns’ obmutescence seemed especially to go hand in hand with that other most famous Finnish characteristic…
On economic issues, the author thinks Denmark in particular is overextended and in denial about the need for reform. Overall I found the Danish sections to be the most interesting and detailed, the chapters on Sweden to be the least deep, and the Iceland and Finland sections to have the most new information.
Recommended, it is fun plus you will learn something. Imagine “Bill Bryson goes to Scandinavia,” as The Christian Science Monitor put it.