One thing that really does surprise me about Sweden is just how big the country is. It’s the third largest country in Europe yet has a population less than that of London and Paris. When I lived in Australia it was fairly obvious that you could only inhabit certain parts of the country due to the extreme heat in the Desert yet I have always wondered about if there were places in Sweden that were too cold to inhabit.
If you look at the Geographical map of Sweden the majority of the largest cities are in the South and South West of the country, Goteborg being the exception. Yet the answer is rather simple.
Unlike most other European countries that seem intent on building on every available space Sweden knows that it’s love of the environment and passion for the outdoor sports is a legacy to be enjoyed by every generation not just now.
There are parts of Sweden that are still untouched by man and it’s a great honour and privilege to be able to take advantage of this and enjoy a camping experience that only really existed a few hundred years ago. Man vs. nature, outdoor survival, it’s just something that somehow has been lost in these days of package holidays and sun seeking worship.
I’ve heard many comments on how boring the Swedish landscape is and that it’s purely red house after red house, tree after tree yet the past week driving through the autumnal landscape has given me an insight into what natural beauty really is all about. In a European country that is as cosmopolitan as any Sweden is quite possibly the last untouched natural paradise in Europe.
It should be there to be enjoyed and loved by all and during my time here I am certainly going to take advantage of it. England has run out of space, Scotland my homeland, is the only natural escape I had.
How fortunate I am to now have it right on my very doorstep.