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One in five Swedes has two-hour commute

One in five Swedes has two-hour commute

Published: 30 Oct 2012 11:58 GMT+01:00
Updated: 30 Oct 2012 11:58 GMT+01:00

21 percent of Swedes spend more than one hour getting to work, and more than two hours commuting daily, according to new figures released by European job-seeking agency StepStone.

Experts warn that such long hours can have distinct disadvantages on people’s daily lives.

“Going by public transport can be stressful if you have to make a lot of changes and if it is overcrowded. But if you don’t have to stand up on the bus, some experience it as quite relaxing. It depends how you use the time,” explained Kristoffer Mattisson, a PhD student from the Medical Faculty at Lund University, to the Metro newspaper.

“You lose any time you might otherwise have had for physical activity and for seeing people,” he continued.

The survey revealed that 6.1 percent of Swedes travel more than two hours each way, compared with a 5.4 percent average across the seven European countries that took part in the survey.

Meanwhile, 38.7 percent of Swedes travel for between thirty minutes and one hour each way, and 40.4 percent commute for thirty minutes or less.

The Germans have the shortest commutes, with 44.2 percent travelling less than thirty minutes each day, and the French are most likely to be in transit with 7.0 percent taking more than 2 hours each way.

StepStone linked long commutes with the desire to seek new work opportunities, but warned that commuting can be a real source of stress if people have to spend a significant amount of time travelling every day.

"When a long commute is combined with long working hours, this can be an important factor in making people look for another job,” StepStone CEO Ralf Baumann said in a statement.

The survey included 9,800 respondents from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden.

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13:39 October 30, 2012 by Cephalectomy
well if most swedes want to live very far from the city and isolated then why complaining.
17:57 October 30, 2012 by johan rebel
Most of the time, my commute is under 30 seconds, which suits me just fine.
19:06 October 30, 2012 by wxman
More leftist propoganda to encourage people to huddle in urban centers and give up more of their freedom. Here's the proof: not one commuter indicated they were personally experiencing "stress". If you read the article carefully, the "expert" that hypothesized this is a stupid punk graduate student working on his PhD dissertation! Note that all data related to the study focuses exclusively on commute times, not on commuter related stress. The comments regarding stress made by both the grad student and the CEO of StepStone are strictly conjecture on their parts as there is no hard evidence for what they say shown in the study results.
19:54 October 30, 2012 by bjorkon
1: Make it easier to move by sorting out the housing market (many separate problems)

2: Build some roads! Stop talking about it. Or make owning a car more expensive.
20:23 October 30, 2012 by Kalyissa
Takes me an hour ish to get in to work, excluding any time waiting for the train to arrive.

Usually since I have no problem getting a seat I don\t really mind it since I can sit down and study at the same time.
21:43 October 30, 2012 by Acta
One of the main reason for this suffering is the worst accommodation problem in Sweden. If people could easily get apartment near to their job place, this situation might have solved. Unfortunately, the decision makers need not to use public transport. So they have no value and feelings for the time we lose everyday.
09:07 October 31, 2012 by bluerain303
It takes me 40 minutes to get to the office. The problem is that offices are located in the central city and apartments close to the center are too expensive to most of the people. There should be more buildings along the railway or subway.
21:31 October 31, 2012 by karex
Well, I guess I would be considered as being at a high risk of "hitting the wall" any moment then. I commute and average of 2 hours per day - EACH WAY.

Don't know about other folks, but to me quality of life has it's price, one which I am willing to pay: no traffic, no pollution, no crime and noise. Besides, I don't earn enough to live in the big city I work in unless I am willing to live in a "closet" instead of a comfortable house, surrounded by beautiful a countryside, wildlife, friendly neighbors and healthy environment.

I sleep in the train in the morning, and work in the evenings.

Ah, the wonderful age of laptops and mobile broadband!

It's a trade-off, and I'm perfectly fine with it.

BTW, it's not the commuting which stresses me out - it's my job!
19:02 November 1, 2012 by Puddi
#3 wxman - Wow, wow, wow. Chillax there. How is the publishing of a study even to be considered propaganda? Do you even know what a PhD dissertation goes through? They are peer-reviewed internationally and, honestly, being in the academic life myself, there isn't much that can be interpreted wrongly with surveys. It's a purely qualitative study; in case you weren't aware, pure numbers don't have any political meaning. On the other hand, your "proof" would make any such study completely useless. Please, educate yourself a little bit before posting such nonsense. There is NO way to define "stress" as we all experience it differently; time, on the other hand, is just a number, so nothing can be misinterpreted there.

That said, I think it's only obvious that people who commute longer MAY experience more stress, simply because there's less time left for personal hobbies and such. But yes, it depends on the type of work, whether or not you commute alone, if you can actually relax while commuting, be productive somehow etc etc.
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