Sunday, April 22, 2012

Rough Neighborhoods in Stockholm

(Legitimately - first picture that comes up when you Google "bad neighborhoods in Stockholm")

One thing that Lisa and I have noticed is that we haven’t found a “bad” neighborhood here.  After we spent our first 10 weekends here walking around Stockholm, we realized we had pretty much covered the whole map but had never felt unsafe or even concerned at all.  While I am used to that, being wicked tough, it was different enough that it eventually stood out to us.  While I’m sure we would feel completely comfortable walking in every Atlanta neighborhood at night, Stockholm just has a different feel to it.  Different also from Providence, Rochester, Tampa, DC, Charlotte and every other city we have ever been to.

I’m not sure if this is more because of the Swedes culture, the socialist safety net, or just that we haven’t found the rough areas yet.  But it’s something we found interesting.

UPDATE - evidently the best Swedish soccer player right now is from the “ghetto of Sweden” – “My football is my own free style it comes from the streets and Ghetto’s where I used to play when I was young but, of course, I have to play in the way the coach wants me to here.” - Zlatan Ibrahimovic

He is from the one rough area in the country, found in southern Sweden

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