Before my visit to Sweden, this was an unknown land to me. A place that I had never considered visiting before. I preferred hot countries with sandy beaches and a crazy party life. I had no idea that Sweden had so many things that I actually enjoyed. It was a pleasant discovery that I was not ready for. Reminding me that it was the simple things in life that really makes me happy.
5 things that I really liked about Sweden
It’s a model for socialist utopia
Now, I’m not saying that this concept does not come without its pros and cons, just like any other concept for society there is no perfect answer because human beings are complicated creatures. However, we all want respect and Sweden, from what I have seen, is by far one of the closest countries to achieving this. Don’t get me wrong, it is far from perfect, however, it is seen by most to be a shining beacon of harmony and tolerance for people of different sex, genders, colours, races and religions. There is a real sense of we are all one mentality that all swedes are proud of.
The work and life balance
The work life balance in Sweden is a perfect harmony between work and enjoying life. You work when you need to work and switch off when it’s time to go home. No, bring it home with you. Leave it in the office and enjoy your life. And they take their breaks and holidays more seriously than the work.
Taking breaks should be compulsory in my opinion. Even though it is not, the Swedes have this concept embedded in their culture. This concept is called ‘Fika’ or coffee and something sweet. I’ve always had an attraction towards countries that love to take breaks. For example, the Spanish Siesta is a concept where all shops close for 1hour during midday, when the sun is at it’s hottest. So that people can have a nap. Maybe I am lazy, but I feel life is more than just about work.
No matter how much you are in the city, you are never too far away from some nature and wildlife in Sweden. Perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of inner city life. The Swedish are very outdoorsy people who like to keep fit. I had never had a real taste of the outdoors life prior to my visit to Sweden. But always had a curiosity for the outdoors life. I finally had a taste of this dream and decided I want this in my life forever.
People and culture
Finally, the people of Sweden are very calm and humble people. Sort of like me and my personality. Not too loud, minimalistic and simple. Work hard so you can play hard and treat yourself for all their hard work. With a great history of Viking exploration, discovery and traditions. This makes for great reading and bedtime stories. And you all know how much I love a good story.