In Modern-Day Vikings, you'll
"We take our histories with us, wherever we go.
The Vikings' sense of democracy and egalitarianism
within the group live on in modern Sweden. Swedish
women today pride themselves on self-sufficiency and
independence and are unlikely to accept a subservient
role on the job or at home. A foreign businessperson,
confronted with Sweden's flat management style, could
ask to talk to the boss and receive a response frustratingly
similar to the one [a French envoy once received on
a Viking vessel]: 'We are all chiefs.' Rather than
a collective society, Sweden is one of like-minded
individuals, working together."