Thomas Piketty undresses Norwegian Airlines CEO: Inequality, and taxes on wealth and inheritance

As a service to foreign friends. Here are two clips you must see – Piketty 1, Piketty 2 – from the Swedish-Norwegian talk show, Skavlan, with an excellent and revealing dialogue. Economist Thomas Piketty verbally undresses capitalist and CEO of Norwegian airlines, Bjoern Skos.
Piketty among other things reveals CEO Skos’ tax sham (saying he pays 1000 % taxes) – but in reality a very small percentage of his wealth of several billion dollars.

Piketty also criticized Sweden’s 0 % inheritance tax (equal only to that in Berlusconi’s Italy) and compared to about 40 % tax on big fortunes inherited in most countries. The Swedish model is changing.

Added May 9, 2015
More on inequality by Piketty: Back to 19th century conditions

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Kära vänner och kollegor / Dear friends and colleagues / Chers amis et collègues / Liebe Freunde und Kolleg(inn)en and etc.  …

”Rock on!!” says my friend Björn, who designed this site for me. (By the way – Any comments on the site design and usability are welcome, to both Björn and me. I myself am now getting acquainted. )

I will continue slowly filling the various pages of my site with content, mainly from my work and research, and also try to write now and then some more substantial blog posts; so far, as you noticed, blog posts have but announced site updates. As usual, as autumn begins, ambitions are high, there is energy uploaded during a long and sunny summer in the Stockholm archipelago and on Danish island. The result may be somewhat less sporadic blog posts.

I also have another blog (almost exclusively in Swedish) on Blogger, at Most posts are opinion texts, comments to ongoing debates and processes in the Swedish society: Culture, media, IT, work, organization – and politics, especially now with elections to the Riksdag (Parliament) coming up, on Sunday Sept. 19.

The outcome may turn out to be of fundamental importance for the the economy, competitiveness and welfare. Can competitiveness and material prosperity be combined with a high ambitions in social welfare, high taxes, equality/solidarity, strong union and employer organizations and collective agreements between management and labour?

Some believe that the above characteristics constitutes the ’Swedish model’  that has served us so well for decades. Others seem to believe that essential principles and parts of the welfare system must be dismantled in order to secure economic development – while repeatedly saying they want to maintain and develop the ’Swedish welfare model’.  I may come back to the election in a blog post in English here soon.

My blog at,  in Swedish, thus mostly contains opinion articles, while the blog here will have a leaning more towards research-related issues, which is not to say neither that my other, Swedish, blog is not influenced by research –  It certainly is! – nor that my English blog here would not present opinion and comments.

This is my first real and substantial blog post.  So I now hope I will find followers, and also get comments. If not immediately, as this post is rather general and introductory, but on posts to come.

Hej då, Cheers, Salutations, Ciao  / Åke