However, you are wrong on one point, misunderstanding a key component of freedom, that I feel I can't ignore: Freedom, in its purest, most basic, literal, dictionary definition clearly means "the absence of control, interference, regulation, etc."
Yes, but it's purely political and subjective to imply that government control is the only form of restriction and control that's worth taking into account. A market controlled by a private monopoly is no more 'free' than one controlled by a government monopoly. It's less free, in fact, because in a democracy people have at least indirect control over what the government does.
Socialistic politics has perverted the definition in peoples minds to make them believe the clearly self-contradictiory idea that the government can be making their decisions for them, yet they are still free.
How does the government make people's decisions for them? Or for that matter, lead to less freedom? In Sweden I could choose any doctor I wanted and go to any hospital I wanted, public or private, funded through a single health insurance system. It would not matter whether I was employed or not, or who my employer was, or whether I had pre-existing conditions or anything. In the USA I don't have that choice unless I pay for it out of my own pocket, something which is beyond the means of 99% of the population for anything other than routine care. I certainly don't feel I have more 'freedom' when it comes to health care.
Not to mention civil liberties. In the US, the government can tap my phone without a warrant. They can hold people imprisoned without letting them know what they're accused of. They can execute you, and have a recent history of torture, even. And the US government doesn't have a problem telling my gay sister who she can and can't marry.
You're telling me a country that's doing the above is more 'free' than a country that does none of the above, because that country has universal health care and more generous welfare benefits? That's absurd. Are you suggesting that the countries of Eastern Europe who suffered first-hand under Communism, are 'socialists' who don't appreciate freedom? Or for that matter, Finland, mentioned above, who fought three bloody wars on their own soil against Communism in the last century?
And as I aleady pointed out, there are many ways in which countries like Sweden are less regulated.
How about citing some specific examples about how these 'socialist' governments are restricting people's freedoms, rather than spouting the hand-waving vagaries (and outright fabrications, such as forced vaccinations) which you believe are true simply because you've been told they're true? Or even better, why don't you go live there for a while and find out for yourself. I think you'll find that every American who has done so, tends to cut the 'we have more freedom' nonsense.