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Swedes pick country manor over exotic abode

Rebecca Martin · 16 Dec 2011, 07:24

Published: 16 Dec 2011 07:24 GMT+01:00

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Instead most Swedes dream of a mansion in the Swedish countryside, with a sea view and a fully equipped kitchen.

Although 39 percent of Swedes are happy living where they are, the study showed that among those who would like an upgrade, most dream of more space, a house in the country or a detached house near the city.

“Many seem to want to escape the stress and the overcrowding and dream of a calmer existence in luxurious surroundings,” said Johan Vesterberg, head of information at real estate agents Fastighetsbyrån in a statement.

When asked about their dream house, Swedes stay close to home.

The greatest percentage of respondents, 16 percent, said they’d choose a mansion in the Swedish countryside if they could have whatever they wanted.

In second place, at 13 percent, came a bungalow somewhere in the Caribbean, and at 12 percent a vineyard in Tuscany.

And when asked to choose something to make their dream home special, a fully equipped and top of the range kitchen headed Sweden’s wish list, beating a sea view and a roof terrace, which came in at joint second.

The survey also showed that a higher number of women than men dreamed of a walk-in-closet - while a higher number of men than women would choose a home cinema.

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The survey was carried out in October for Fastighetsbyrån by market research company Reagera.

1000 Swedes between the ages of 20 and 74 took part in the study by answering questions online.

Rebecca Martin (rebecca.martin@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:38 December 16, 2011 by Keith #5083
Eminently sensible. As a foreigner I really do think that it is hard to get a better 'piece of heaven' than a villa in Dalsland!
22:30 December 16, 2011 by EP
How utterly boring .... oh wait, they're Swedes ... forgot. I wonder what shade of colour the country manor will be ... yellow or yellow? Perhaps a summer home, rusty red or rusty red with a tinge of rusty red to it?
13:17 December 19, 2011 by Liefje
oh i would take a castle in France!
11:47 December 21, 2011 by Carina Lind
@EP, why bother to comment if you are so unhappy?
09:26 December 30, 2011 by heyheyhey
EP".......shut up.

The swedes have their priorities right.

Calm living, simple living, beauty in nature.

You are a friggin smart ass.
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