• Sweden's news in English
 
app_header_v3

Swedes flock to rent rabbits over summer

The Local · 27 May 2014, 09:56

Published: 27 May 2014 09:56 GMT+02:00

Farms which offer bunnies for rent are popping up like rabbits across Sweden.

"I’ve been doing this for ten years, but in the beginning there were maybe only ten families interested," Kristina Karlsson from Gangvide Farm on Gotland told The Local.

"Now there are between 40 and 70 families each year who want to try it out. Interest is huge, particularly among families in the city and those who want to test for allergies."

Karlsson said it all started with a friend who asked to rent one of her rabbits - and she hopped immediately on board.

"Renting is great because people can try it out before they commit. Sometimes people plan on having a rabbit for three weeks or a month, and come back after just four days. Maybe the kids have lost interest."

Rental rabbits are available anywhere from one day to an entire summer, with two or three weeks being the standard. While Gangvide Farm doesn't do much marketing for their rabbits, other farms and breeders across Sweden do. Färnsa 4H Ranch in Norrtälje has listed their animals on Swedish buy-sell sites. The Blocket bunnies can be rented for 70 kronor ($10.60) a day or 900 ($136) for a month. Ninas Rabbit Shop near Kalmar even has a waiting list - baby bunny Shabby Chic Heaven won't be available until August. 

Rental pets are also increasing in popularity with pensioners - though generally they prefer chickens.

"I think hens remind many older people of their childhood," Karlsson speculated. "There are also places on Gotland where you can’t have rabbits due to diseases, and then chickens or ducks are better."

Story continues below…

Customers can choose which chickens they would like to rent, and ducks are available as well.

"It’s actually more fun to have baby chickens and ducks than rabbits," Karlsson laughed. "They’re active all day long, while rabbits just sit there and eat."

Solveig Rundquist
Follow Solveig on Twitter.

The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

Today's headlines
Interview
Why I bared my breasts for a school photo
Photo: Private

“I think it’s a social construct that we should think of breasts as such a big deal.”

Watch out for rail delays this holiday weekend
Photo: Nora Lorek/TT

Make sure you bring plenty of entertainment if you’re taking the train between Sweden’s two biggest cities this weekend.

Weary asylum seekers choose to leave Sweden
Police supervise a queue of asylum seekers at Hyllie station near Malmö in November 2015. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

Year-long waits are one reason.

Disgraced celeb surgeon defends work in first interview
Paolo Macchiarini. Photo: Lorenzo Galassi/TT/AP

Scandal-hit Italian surgeon Paolo Macchiarini is accused of using Swedish patients as guinea pigs.

The Local List
Nine startling ways Sweden's capital will steal your heart
Living in Stockholm isn't all about Abba and meatballs. Photos: Hasse Holmberg/Anders Wikström/Christine Olsson/TT

It's easy to fall in love with Stockholm's architecture, parks and sense of style. But there are so many more reasons to be passionate about the stunning city.

Couple terrified after new tenant bakes hash cake
This gingerbread cake is perfectly innocent. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

He doesn’t Iive with them any more.

Fury as sacked boss gets job with migration agency
Angeles Bermudez-Svankvist in 2011. Photo: Janerik Henriksson/TT

“People were screaming in the corridors.”

Police resources back to normal after terror threat
The headquarters where Säpo, Sweden's security police is based. Photo: Fredrik Sandberg/TT

Swedish police say they're no longer deploying extra resources following a reported terror threat in the run-up to Eurovision.

Why this fearless woman is the talk of Sweden
Photo: David Lagerlöf/Expo/TT

Swedes are calling this picture an instant icon.

Opinion
'Swedes, please give your sperm a purpose'
File picture of an embryo. Photo: Richard Drew/AP

Swedish men should stop jerking off in public places and start donating sperm to help single women have babies, argues Stockholm-based writer Matilda Karlsson.

Sponsored Article
The Inner Circle: Stockholm's secret dating scene
International
Eurovision heads to the US (kind of)
Sponsored Article
Eat, learn, live: unforgettable holidays in France
National
Sweden set for sunny weekend
Fastighetsbyrån
Gallery
Property of the week: Vollsjö, Sjöbo
Blog updates

29 April

Editor’s blog, April 29th (The Local Sweden) »

"Hello readers, Relations between Sweden and Russia went from slightly strained to full-on James Bond this…" READ »

 

18 April

A day as a guard (The Diplomatic Dispatch) »

"Life as an Ambassador. Driven around in the Jaguar. Visits all planned so you go straight…" READ »

 
 
 
Sponsored Article
Kista: The best office space in Sweden?
Features
How to be a cool Swede during a hot summer
Sponsored Article
'Swedes must realize only soft power can defeat radicalism'
Gallery
People-watching: April 29th - May 1st
Analysis & Opinion
Why Sweden's fretting about Brexit
National
INTERVIEW: Swedish police officer 'beat me up and used racial slurs'
Sponsored Article
How to launch your international career
Gallery
People-watching: April 27th
Sponsored Article
Becoming an expat: where to start
National
Öresund bridge border checks net record number of drink drivers
National
Swedes bid farewell to iconic Volvo
Sponsored Article
Why international researchers love to call Malmö home
Gallery
Property of the week: Enköping
Sponsored Article
How Stockholm startups help new employees feel at home
Gallery
People-watching: April 22nd-24th
Politics
Could Brits in Europe stop Brexit?
Sponsored Article
‘Life in Stockholm’s suburbs is better than people realize’
National
The first official picture of Sweden's new royal Prince Alexander
Sponsored Article
'I may work at a Swedish company, but we’re global'
National
Sweden's Sami reindeer still live in the shadow of Chernobyl
Sponsored Article
'A sustainable Sweden must embrace diversity'
Finest
Gallery
People-watching: April 20th
Sponsored Article
What's the best way for expats to transfer money abroad?
National
Why was a Nazi flag hoisted in a Swedish town on Hitler's birthday?
Sponsored Article
Sigtunaskolan: 'The best of what Sweden has to offer'
National
How did Sweden's deputy PM get in trouble over New York comments?
Sponsored Article
'I may work at a Swedish company, but we’re global'
Finest
Gallery
People-watching: April 16th-17th
Sponsored Article
The Inner Circle: Stockholm's secret dating scene
Culture
Sweden finally axes historic dancing ban
International
Have you phoned Sweden yet?
Finest
Gallery
People-watching: April 13th
National
Is booze going up in Sweden?
3,278
jobs available
PSD Media
PSD Media is marketing company that offers innovative solutions for online retailers. We provide modern solutions that help increase traffic and raise conversion. Visit our site at:
psdmedia.se