Sweden didn't get away with it. Proportionally they lost more than the USA. If USA had Sweden's stats they would be up to 180k+ dead. Sweden's still taking an economic hit as well. Sweden 10 million 5400 dead. NZ 5 million 22 dead. Australia would be another good example. 20 million people just over 100 dead iirc. I've got a friend in Sweden, she said it's fairly stupid and the vaunted Swedish healthcare isn't much better than here and she thought it's inferior to Australia where she lived for a decade. Swedes got complacent they bought into their own BS. Norway and Finn's so far a bit smarter. Sweden's probably done better getting it under control and will likely end up doing better than the USA. Eventually.