No, this is a fine example of Swedish torture imposed upon the motoring public, to wit:
Head bolt specs (12 stretchable bolts, price fiddy bucks):
From the inner to the outer, 14FP torque (hand tight plus a quarter), then 45fp torque, then just to really F with you, 130 DEGREES of torque to each bolt. And don't forget to oil the bolts.
Cam cover spec (40 bolts that strip if you sneeze on them):
13FP torque(hand tight plus a third). Easy enough you say, but do you actually HAVE a torque wrench that reads that low? Plus, you are pulling down the valves so that means at least 10 times on each bolt, ie 400 times you are moving the wrench. About an hour and a half installing the cam cover.
In reality, though, I am very impressed with the engineering of the Volvo. On a teardown to the block, only three bolts that are hard to access.