Swedes walk on the wrong side and there’s nothing wild about it. Ambulatory Swedes and their rail traffic follow antiquity in motion on the wrong side of the tracks. Not the expression but the literal wrong side of the tracks. Rail traffic and pedestrians scurrying along underground passages beneath Stockholm’s Central Station follow left-hand traffic. You know, like how they drive in Britain.
Now before all you subjects of Her Majesty get in a huff and take us back to the knights mounting steeds with long, sheathed swords to defend your stalwart determination to stick to what you know (heck, we Americans flat out refuse to let go of the Imperial system that you guys have all but abandoned by the wayside) let me point out that Swedish road traffic crossed over from left to right in 1967.
Today, 16 years after my move to Sweden and 42 years after road traffic changed sides, the course of people heading to and from trains under Stockholm’s Central Station, the directional traffic is left-handed. I can sympathize that rail traffic infrastructure is more difficult to reroute and relatively irrelevant, but why do people still carry on the anomaly? And to date, I’ve only truly witnessed it at the Central Station, so why there?
Some habits die hard. I still follow right-hand traffic under there. Fewer people to dodge.
And the ones I do, I meet head on.