A survey of Swedish woo
The Swedish skeptic organization VoF (Vetenskap och Folkbildning) was founded in 1982 to counter pseudoscientific claims and raise public awareness of scientific methods and results. Over the years a general picture took form of how common various pseudosciences etc are, how they vary over time and between groups, but we haven't had hard facts – until now.
In the spring of 2015, a poll with a random sample of 1,113 Swedes was conducted on behalf of VoF. 52 questions were asked regarding the attitude to science, various conspiracy theories, medicine, faith and paranormal phenomena. The result was presented in October and got a lot of attention in media, in particular since it was the first of it's kind; Swedish woo has never been surveyed before.
Here are the data as diagrams, click for larger images.
General attitudes to science
The case of Thomas Quick involved a man who admitted being the by far worst serial killer in the history of the country and was convicted for several murders, due to incredibly sloppy police work and downright unscientific psychological theories. Read more about The Strange Case of Thomas Quick, The Guardian October 22, 2015.
The Estonia disaster in 1994 was the deadliest shipwreck disaster in peacetime Europe. Of the 852 people who perished, 501 came from Sweden.
Medicine & health
Faith & the supernatural
The survey contains lots more of course. The media got most enthusiastic by the political revelations and surprises, eg that belief in UFOs is strongest in the nationalistic party, reincarnation in the socialist party and chemtrails, believe it or not, in the liberal conservative party.
All in all, a great first attempt to map the woo of a country. Let's hope there will be more studies in the years to come to study trends and possibly get reliable data for the smaller groups, in particular the political parties.