Scandic gives up on God

The Bible is no longer recommended reading at more than 130 Scandic hotels in ten countries.

According to an article in newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, a guest was upset after finding a Bible in his room. After this incident, the hotel chain has begun to remove copies of the Old Testament and Psalms from its rooms.

Scandic’s management said that their business idea is to be inclusive rather than exclusive. To live up to this, holy texts from several religions in various languages will soon be available at hotel receptions.

Although there doesn’t seem to be any particular demand for religious reading, management hopes to promote diversity by making other holy texts than just the Bible available to its guests.

The Scandic hotel chain began life in the Swedish town of Laxå in 1963. It was acquired by Swedish investment group EQT last month.