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Sweden introduces ‘The 72 Hour Cabin’ – inviting the world to wind down in nature like a Swede

Ever wondered about that calm and relaxed Swedish personality trait? The Swedes´ close relationship with nature is part of the answer. According to research, exposure to nature improves health and reduces stress . In a new case study, Sweden will highlight why the accessible Swedish nature is the ultimate place to wind down. During 72 hours, people with some of the world’s most stressful jobs, will experience the Swedish ‘close to nature’ lifestyle, and their well-being will be measured by researchers.

Sweden introduces ‘The 72 Hour Cabin’, to demonstrate how spending three days in Swedish nature, enables people from all over the world to switch off and increase their well-being. Sweden’s life quality index ranks high and its ‘close to nature’ lifestyle is believed to be one of the secrets. 90 percent of all Swedes believe spending time in the open makes their everyday life more meaningful and almost 50 percent spend time in nature once a week or more. The freedom to roam gives everyone the right to access the authentic nature in Sweden. With 95 percent of the country uninhabited, there is a lot to discover – from sitting by the fire, to looking out over Sweden’s 100,000 lakes, or picking berries and mushrooms.

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In a new case study, five people with some of the world’s most stressful jobs, including a German Police officer, a French Taxi driver and a British Broadcaster, will get the chance to first handedly experience Sweden’s ‘close to nature’ lifestyle. Each participant will live in a cabin made of glass in order to be as close to nature as possible. During their stay, the participants’ well-being will be monitored in collaboration with the leading researchers, Walter Osika and Cecilia Stenfors, from Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. 

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More about the case study

The case study will take place between the 7th and 10th of September, and the results will be published to a global audience on the 10th of October. The participants in the project will enjoy nature the way Swedes do and take pleasure in outdoor activities, such as swimming, fishing and cooking off the grid. The glass cabins are located on Henriksholm Island, two hours north of Gothenburg in the west of Sweden, which consists of 60 percent forest and 40 percent highland cattle grazing. With the study, Sweden wants to share knowledge about the inclusive Swedish nature lifestyle – and invite the world to take part of it.  

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Henriksholm at lake Ånimmen in Dalsland

Henriksholm is a privately owned island of some 100 hectares, half of it covered in woodland and half of it in meadow, and people have lived here since the 14th century. The island is owned by the Berger family and their 18-bedroom house and pavilion can be rented by the week (self-catering). To get to the island from the mainland you take the private car-ferry, or boat. The nearest town is Åmål, which is 22 kilometres away.  Close by is giant lake Vänern and nature reserve Sörknatten, which offers fantastic canoeing, walks, swimming spots and fishing. (link to dalsland.com). As well as Henriksholm, the Berger family also has four beautiful houses for rent at Stenbynäs, which can be rented by the week. The houses lie beside lake Iväg, close to Dals-Långed in Dalsland. You have access to saunas and boats at all of the houses.

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The wilds of Dalsland

Dalsland lies west of giant Lake Vänern, the largest lake in the EU. Often referred to in Sweden as ‘Sweden in miniature’ it has the open plains, deep forests and myriad lakes often associated with the country. No other area of Sweden has as many lakes, waterways and canals as Dalsland. In fact, Sweden’s biggest lake, Lake Vänern makes an appearance here in the southwest with its boating, fishing and lakeside slacking attractions. With a canal system measuring 250 kilometres in length, connecting Dalsland’s lakes, you would think canoeing would be top of mind. And it is. Families, friends, serious canoeists et al come here to navigate what used to be the waterway transport routes for timber and iron ore and find themselves in a watery paradise with plenty of great accommodation options. 

The freedom to roam in Swedish 

Allemansrätten, the freedom to roam, allows everyone to be free amidst Swedish nature with the right to access, walk, cycle or camp on any land, with private gardens and land under cultivation being exceptions. The idea of free nature accessible to anyone is in the DNA of every Swede, but with great freedom comes responsibility. The general rule for spending time in nature is “do not disturb, do not destroy” – just like in any other home. The freedom to roam is guaranteed by the constitution in Sweden.

 

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