On November 1st 2009, a great and historic thing happened in Sweden.
Was it a battle? A terrorist event? A royal baby to suck our resources dry?
Well no, it was the day when aspirin and other fairly harmless pharmaceuticals were made available in normal shops.
You see (gather round now children, this may take a while) before this day you were unable to buy basic pills anywhere in Sweden except in the state-run pharmacy chain Apoteket.
Have a headache? Need to buy a morning-after pill? Live in a part of town where there is one Apoteket that opens at 11 on a Saturday and not at all on Sundays?
Then tough. Until now.
So welcome Sweden, to the 20th century.
Now if we can only fix it so we can buy a bottle of wine on a Sunday, give University students exams that actually test their ability, and reward people according to their merits and accomplishments, then we might be able to drag it into the 21st.