|Sweden had always seemed
like an ideal country to live in; beautiful scenery, good health care and
schooling, space for the kids to grow up and a fantastic home by a
Then suddenly my dream came true...and unravelled
in the economic chaos of the early 1990's. Like many others, I had
my fingers very badly burned and only just managed to escape to what at he
time seemed like the security of England. It was also my homeland
whilst writing Round the World, so for the full story...
It is quite beautiful in summer and the days
seem to go
on for ever even in the South. It has all the attractions of Norway
(except the fjords), but without quite the same level of hostility and is
vastly more cosmopolitan. Rent a cottage in the
woods and fall out of bed to the sound of bird song and the fabulous scent
of the pines. You might have to bath in the lake and use a soil
closet, the Swedes seem to prefer it that way (puts them back in touch
with nature), but you can have it all (en-suite Jacuzzis & saunas etc.) if you prefer.
Hotels are reasonably
priced in July when industry shuts down and they can no longer charge the
outrageous business prices. Unfortunately, beer prices do not go down.