Like my cousins in Finland, my Swedish cousins also have summer homes (having a summer cottage is a very Scandinavian thing, even more prevalent than Minnesota’s ubiquitous lake cabins).
However, unlike Finland and Minnesota, where my Swedish cousins live, summer homes tend to be grouped tightly together in neat little inland neighborhoods. (Rather similar to what I saw from the train in Germany, but the Swedish cottages are bigger and in more rural places.) The area where my cousins have their cottages looks like a residential suburb in miniature, where everything is neat, orderly, and just a bit scaled-down from a “regular” house.
Although the houses are close together, it is very quiet here, the sounds of the nearby ocean always in the air.
My father’s cousin has developed much of this area and is currently preparing another area for development, improving drainage and laying out access roads in an area that is currently an open meadow.
While not in sight of the water, the ocean is only a short hike through the woods.
If you are looking for a summer cottage in Sweden, you may want to check it out!
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