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Swedish villages look very poor

Sweden and its towns

-Hjoi-
post 30.May.2014, 11:45 PM
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I visited Stockholm and while the city is very beautiful, in particular Gamla Stan, villages outside of it aren't. I'm from the UK and a lot of villages here are small like the Swedish villages, but much more beautiful to look at. One thing I dislike about Swedish towns and villages is their lack of character and charm. There are a lot of soviet looking apartment blocks which we English call 'council estate' houses. These houses look very cheaply designed and poorly maintained compared to the old houses in the UK. It seems like a typical Swedish town has lot of apartments scattered amid a baron and cold emptiness. Is it because the weather in Sweden is so cold that you can't grow any kind of flowers or spend a lot of time outside and so your villages and towns look hideous?

This is a shame because I've always liked Stockholm but even that seems like an imitation of other European cultures. Maybe you know a beautiful Swedish village to share with me? I was considering moving to Sweden but it is very baron, lifeless and distant from the outside world.
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TLSucks
post 30.May.2014, 11:57 PM
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You have likely visited Swedish industrial towns that had their glory days in the 50s and not the older villages. Although looking cheaply built, the apartment blocks likely have higher living standard than typical UK townhouses.
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-Hjoi-
post 31.May.2014, 12:02 AM
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QUOTE (TLSucks @ 30.May.2014, 11:57 PM) *
You have likely visited Swedish industrial towns that had their glory days in the 50s and not the older villages.


Do you know the names of these older villages? The houses in this village look terrible. How could anyone live inside one of those metal shacks? Why are there no beautiful stone houses? All I see are shacks and apartment blocks.

http://www.visitsweden.com/ImageVault/Imag...ultHandler.aspx
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TLSucks
post 31.May.2014, 12:06 AM
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Oh, I see you are a troll. Never mind.
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-Hjoi-
post 31.May.2014, 12:09 AM
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QUOTE (TLSucks @ 31.May.2014, 12:06 AM) *
Oh, I see you are a troll. Never mind.


No I am not a troll. But surely you must see my point? These metal shacks look hideous compared to the village buildings in the UK, France, Germany and most of Europe. Scandinavian buildings look very basic and bleak. Those kinds of shacks are found in fishing villages in most of Europe but in Scandinavia, they are found all over the land.
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TLSucks
post 31.May.2014, 12:11 AM
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QUOTE (-Hjoi- @ 30.May.2014, 11:09 PM) *
No I am not a troll. But surely you must see my point? These metal shacks look hideous compared to the village buildings in the UK, France, Germany and most of Europe. Scandin ... (show full quote)


If you would have actually visited a Swedish village you would know that those are wood houses, not metal. That's how I know you are a troll.
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-Hjoi-
post 31.May.2014, 12:14 AM
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QUOTE (TLSucks @ 31.May.2014, 12:11 AM) *
If you would have actually visited a Swedish village you would know that those are wood houses, not metal. That's how I know you are a troll.


Well I guess this goes to show how poor they look. The outside looks like corrugated metal, not wood!
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Gamla Hälsingebock
post 31.May.2014, 12:15 AM
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"If thine eye offends thee...pluck it out"!!!
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TLSucks
post 31.May.2014, 12:18 AM
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QUOTE (-Hjoi- @ 30.May.2014, 11:14 PM) *
The outside looks like corrugated metal, not wood!


In real life you cannot mistake it for corrugated metal.
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ChocOwl
post 31.May.2014, 08:07 AM
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...and one of these small red houses may soon be on the moon! Maybe that one might be made of metal?
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Emerentia
post 31.May.2014, 09:51 AM
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QUOTE (-Hjoi- @ 30.May.2014, 11:45 PM) *
Maybe you know a beautiful Swedish village to share with me?


I think there are poor looking villages and neighboorhoods in all countries. And picturesque ones.

I recommend towns like Uppsala, Lund, Sigtuna, Visby, Vaxholm, Strömstad, Vadstena, Mariefred, Söderköping, Ronneby, Gränna and Trosa just to mention a few.
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The Green Turtle
post 31.May.2014, 01:22 PM
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Oh I know what you mean. Due to the socialist OCD with mixed housing, so many potentially nice villages have what might as well be council housing smack bam in the middle. Also I find house maintenance lacking... that could be a Europe wide problem though.


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Hisingen
post 31.May.2014, 06:19 PM
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QUOTE (-Hjoi- @ 30.May.2014, 10:45 PM) *
- - -This is a shame because I've always liked Stockholm but even that seems like an imitation of other European cultures. Maybe you know a beautiful Swedish village to sh ... (show full quote)

You have clearly not travelled much either in Sweden or the UK. Had you done so your eyes might well have been opened. As it is, with your blinkered outlook, you are little more than the troll you profess NOT to be.
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littleviking
post 1.Jun.2014, 05:58 PM
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Swedish house in general are made to be similar and simple on the outside, the inside is for making pretty and cozy.
I love the old red and white house all over Sweden.
I come from a copuntry where ppl build whatever the hell they want with out keeping in mind the architecture around or the location.
Most Swedes like having simple houses and most houses are wood and very little out or bricks. Not metal houses in Sweden little troll
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Jentan
post 1.Jun.2014, 10:04 PM
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For me, Norrbo outside of Hudiksvall ( http://norrbo.nu/?page_id=59 ) is one of Sweden's atypical "villages". Plenty of charm - albeit rural - and not an apartment block in sight. Not sure which villages you've visited, or how you'd define them, but it seems you might want to travel the countryside a bit more.
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