I've been to Sweden, Denmark...probably 30 times. Germany...probably 35. The Swedes are an interesting bunch...or at least were. It's a stratified economy with a small percentage of extremely wealthy and almost no lower income class per se...until their immigration policies of the last decade. They are learning a tough lesson now. As are the Germans to a more limited extent. High tax countries are always high cost of living countries. In my experience Switzerland and Norway top the list. Many variables in a discussion/decision like this. Boils down to lifestyle choices.