If you want to understand Sweden, you first need to understand it as a country of opposites – opposites that indeed complement and combine well with one another



On the one hand, Sweden is the old-world elegance of Stockholm with its well-dressed and sophisticated residents; on the other, Sweden is the ruggedness of its rural landscape. It is the bourgeois elites alongside social-democratic egalitarianism. It is gilded castles and small rustic cottages.