Government officials in Sweden announced this week that the government expects to maintain its mild restrictions on gatherings "for at least another year" to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Unlike most other European countries and nations around the world, Sweden declined to initiate a nationwide lockdown or mask mandates, opting instead for a policy that restricted large gatherings and relied on social responsibility to slow transmission of the virus.
For months, Sweden was criticized for its decision to forego an economic lockdown.
"Sweden becomes an example of how not to handle COVID-19," CBS declared in its headline in a July article.
Sweden had become a "cautionary tale," the New York Times declared the same month.
"They are leading us to catastrophe," The Guardian warned in March.