This past election season we were subjected to far too many lectures by Bernie Sanders on how Sweden is a socialist paradise, and how America should aspire to be more socialist - just look at at Sweden... This is a view sadly shared by many college students across our country. Please join Atlas Network for a luncheon on Friday, February 17, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. in Sarasota, Fla. and gain the intellectual ammunition to prove to your more socialist friends they're wrong about Sweden.

Fortunately at Atlas Network we have friends fighting for liberty on every corner of the globe, including Karin Svanborg-Sjövall, President and CEO of TIMBRO, a free market think tank in Sweden. Turns out that Sweden is NOT a Socialist Paradise.

Karin will explain why it is misguided to aspire to the Swedish model of "nice socialism" and discuss exciting areas of new research by her organization to boost economic freedom, unleash the sharing economy, and tame populist impulses in her native Sweden. ​


12:30 p.m. Registration Opens and Light Reception

12:45 p.m. Lunch featuring Karin Svanborg-Sjövall, President and CEO of TIMBRO

2:00 p.m. Event concludes


Karin Svanborg-Sjövall has been President/CEO of Timbro since autumn 2014. Karin has a BA in political science and European studies and is one of Sweden’s foremost experts on welfare issues. In 2010 she published the book Private Choice in the Public Sector – The New Swedish Model which was about the increase of private actors in the Swedish welfare sector. The book was presented in English at the Guardian Public Leaders’ Summit in 2012. Karin is a frequent commentator in Swedish and international media, including The Economist, The Guardian, the BBC and Le Figaro. Prior to joining Timbro Karin worked as Head of Office for Folkpartiet (The Liberal Party) at the European Parliament in Brussels and as a political advisor to the center-right government’s Minister for Research and Higher Education. She has also been acting political editor for Dagens Nyheter, Sweden’s leading daily newspaper as well as a contributor to the opinion pages for a number of other daily and evening newspapers, including Kvällsposten and Dagens Samhälle.

Dress Code

Dress for the event is business casual.