Sunday, 23 December 2012

Apartments have attics in Sweden

I'm aware that I'm in danger of turning this blog into a travel blog rather than about my family but I just find so many things about Sweden that it seam appropriate to share them.

Like this for example:  Farfar said he had to look for the Christmas tree foot in the attic (bearing in mind that he lives in an apartment and not the top floor either).  I was thinking that he surely had to be loosing his marbles but no, it seams that in the land where everything works and nothing is just just to maximise profits or minimise costs it is not uncommon for flats to have attic space allocated in the building.
The boys were very excited to leave the apartment without all their snow gear on.  These blue all in ones that you see them wearing often are the fleece under layer for their snow suits and they pretty much live in them rather than 'normal' clothes.
It gave Henry (15 months) an opportunity to practice his stair climbing.
Farfar showed us the way to the top floor where the attics space is. 
If this were England the attic space would be considered potential habitable space and 6 or 7 flats would be squeezed into the area.

Another example of this is that Farmor and Farfar's utility cupboard in the flat is bigger than the 3rd bedroom of our old house in England.  It's funny what we end up accepting as ok when we don't know any better.

10 comments:

  1. Please, keep it coming. I love reading about how things are different in other parts of the world. It's the little things that are so interesting.

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    1. Thank you Jennifer!
      That's what I enjoy reading about too.
      x

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  2. It is very interesting indeed :) I knew about cellars (we do have one almost as big as our smallest bedroom), but not about attics!

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    1. Wow, that's a nice amount of space you have Fred! xx

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  3. Well, in Poland apartments have attics and basements too... and it's quite normal for us ;-)
    many greetings from the middle of Europe ;-)

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    1. Wow, I had no idea! Are Poles like Swedes in their love of efficiency?
      xx

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  4. I live in Canada, but I am Chilean and always have heard about Sweden and the great things you can find. Hoping Canada maybe was similar came to live here and is different, no merino wool (only HH stores). Love your post and I would like to know more about this little "all in one" and what kids use or wear to go outside. Thanks

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    1. Hi Caru,
      So sad that you don't have Merino wool - I feel your pain :(
      I posted a complete outfit for you to see here http://www.littleredfarm.com/2013/01/winter-gear.html
      Let me know if you want any more info!
      xxx

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  5. In France, Appartments have cellars, usually as big as a bedroom. I so wish I had a cellar or an attic for our 65m2 Flat, it would be so handy :-)
    I love the way they keep their attic very clean and clear, bright light and not at all scary. :-)

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