Swedish MPs – including government ministers – are not given chauffeur-driven cars, but have to travel by bus and train just like the people they represent.

It’s not uncommon to see Swedish cabinet ministers or city mayors queuing at a bus stop or waiting on a crowded platform for a train along with everyone else.

Even politicians using public tax money for taxis is severely frowned upon:

No perks for Swedish MPs

That’s because extraordinarily (for us), in Sweden MPs are considered to be public servants, not a class above everyone else.


Imagine the uproar from our own spoilt out-of-touch politicians if they had to endure everyday life as everyone else has to endure it.

Things would change very, very quickly indeed.