In looking at the IIHF stats, you are right - by a lot. For some reason, due to some of the resources I had read, I was under the impression that Swedish hockey was a bit down in the 1950's-1970's and well below the calibre of the Soviets and Czechs. From what I'd read they medalled only when either the Czechs, USSR or Canada either didn't show up or had an off tournament. Clearly, they were better than I thought during that period. And the Finns didn't even get started in competing at the tournament until the 60's.
I thought that there was a period when Finnish hockey had overtaken the Swedes - probably due to players like Kurri, Tikkanen and others having success in the NHL.
But that doesn't seem to have been the case.
You, dear Sir, are a true gentleman.
No - I'm not being sarcastic in any way.
I'm sorry about that "epic fail" part. I had a bad day and went bonkers when I read your post about the Finns having "an advantage" (I'm a Finn at heart).
10 mins in the box + game misconduct for me.
And a medal for you!