Monday, August 22, 2016

St.Olavs Wandering Tour - 001

My wife and her sister are on the St.Olavs Pilgrims walk – from Sundsvall in Sweden to Trondheim in Norway.

560 kilometres  !

Scandinavia’s answer to ‘El Camino’

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meeting wonderful, friendly, helpful people…one guy called Tommy has signs up just offering walkers coffee and cake (free). My wife/sister were his 100th. wanderers this year. He was very happy..

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Hotelopia + Sundsvall

Incidentally, we found an amazing deal at an incredible hotel, thanks to


The amazing breakfast choices and standard were worth at least half of what we paid for the whole deal.

Sundsvall–fantastic tourist office

Located in a most beautiful building in the centre of Sundsvall, the tourist office is staffed with incredibly nice people. Extremely – and I mean extremely – helpful, smiling and efficient.

Thanks for a nice visit,Sundsvall

sundsvall touristbyra

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Dalsland Kanut Maraton

We have 2 good friends who have never cannoed before – who have entered this competition to raise money for the Child Cancer Fund. We wish them well today, the day of the race.  If you want to support them, you can make donations through these accounts: 

Swisch: 123 197 21 16
Kontonr: 8234-7 3 585 817-4




Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

THAT tax argument

Perhaps, like many people, you think Sweden has high taxes.

It’s worth remembering in this discussion exactly what Swedes (of which even now there are a little under 10 million people) get for that money.

When you look at what this country provides for it’s people, from such a relatively small population base, then you may be very, very surprised


Sweden less tax

In a very detailed  report by Institut Économique Molinari, Paris‐Bruxelles called  (available here to download)

EU tax burden

the relationship between GROSS wages  and net  disposable income is discussed.

real net salary

tax liberation day

tax freedom day

Translated, that means that roughly HALF THE POPULATION OF THE EU pay more taxes than Swedes!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

30th Anniversary–Eketegen Cabaret

Every year for the last 30 years, Nils and Ingela Andree have held a cabaret evening in the meadows of their home, complete with stage, sound equipment, barbecues, etc. Their home is located near to Gustavsfors, a village set in the beautiful area of Dalsland.

This cabaret is for local artists or persons who have a direct connection to this area. This definition can range quite wide,e.g., two young girls visitng their Dutch grandparents holiday home in the area, came from the USA. There is not age bar here, children as young as 4 up to adults as young as…well, as long as they can walk. The evening has an international flavour as many in this area have holiday homes and come from Germany,Holland,France,England,Norway,, etc.

Here’s a little taste of the evening (if you click on the picture below to go to the video)

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