Insight Guides Sweden Author:Doreen Taylor, Editor Endless forests, countless lakes, wide light skies, big blonds and leggy blondes, a passion for aquavit in the dark winters, an inexplicably high suicide rate -- such is Sweden's stereotyped image. Yet what really strikes visitors is the sheer size and clean emptiness of the country. Sweden is one of Europe's last green lungs, a magnet for tho... more »se seeking an escape from polluted cities.
In less than a century, Sweden has transformed itself from being one of Europe's poorest countries into one of its richest. Underpinned economically by the spectacular international success of today's Vikings -- Swedish industrialists -- the people have been able to experiment with mold-breaking social structures. But is their psyche as troubled as Ingmar Bergman would have us believe? And why should they also be so good at tennis?« less