1. Trees are precious.
(Their economy depends on them)
2. Drive slower.
(They have way lower speed limits than us)
3. Mend things.
(We met a chap called Bengt who collects and fixes up old bikes.
Seemed like most of the Swedes we met along the way share this philosophy)
4. Be ‘super nice’.
(That’s one of their favourite phrases)
5. Do it yourself.
(A ‘super nice’ guy we met called Robert had built himself some amazing backyard trails)
6. Democracy works.
(Sweden is number one in the Global Democracy Index rankings)
7. Women make good leaders.
(They have the highest percentage of women in national government positions,
they were number one in the Global Gender Gap Report of 2007)
8. Respect your mother.
(Sweden is number one in the Global Women’s Index rankings)
9. Enjoy the outdoors.
(They take time to make the most of their amazing surroundings, usually as a family)
10. Embrace other languages.
(Swedish is not the official language and most speak English, quite happily)