Considering the discussions on economical system and what not, I wish to point at web page which compares Germany and the U.S.A. <URL:http://math-www.uni-paderborn.de/~axel/us-d.html>
It can be of some help to compare the views of people in the U.S.A. with e.g. the Europian outlook. I noted that much of the Germany stuff also applies to Sweden as well. I had also no idea that the mobility in the U.S.A. is so large.