In recent years, Sweden has become a new favourite holiday destination among global travellers. Speaking with TT news agency, Visit Sweden CEO Ewa Lagerqvist said that it’s mostly Sweden’s natural scenery that is attracting people all over the world. Find out all the reasons why Sweden is a haven for retirees.
Older tourists are also flocking to the country to check out its potential as a retirement place. This is because Sweden has been recognized as a dream retirement destination.
Last year, the Research Network on an Ageing Society placed Sweden in the top 5 best places in the world to live out your later years. Apart from the gorgeous and unique scenery and relaxed way of life, Sweden is a haven for people in their golden years for a number of reasons.
You can freely enjoy Sweden’s nature
If you’re an outdoorsy type and love spending time in nature, Sweden is the perfect place for your retirement. The country’s Right of Public Access means that you can access any land (except private properties) and roam freely in the countryside, as long as you don’t destroy or cause damage to trees, plants, or wildlife.
This also means that you can put up a tent anywhere, and more importantly, you can forage for mushrooms, berries, and even catch fish in the five major lakes along the country’s coastline. Being able to catch or find your own food for free can be a calming experience that can even help you save money during retirement. Moreover, these kinds of activities allow you to access fresh and seasonal ingredients that are essential to a healthy diet as a senior.
The country has one of the lowest crime rates in the world
It’s no secret that seniors are often targeted by burglars and scam artists, which is why finding a safe place to retire should be a top priority. Thankfully, Sweden has one of the lowest crime rates in Europe. In fact, Stockholm is considered to be one of the safest cities in the world because of its nearly crime-free neighbourhoods.
While you can certainly rest easy in Sweden, it still pays to be on the lookout for your wellbeing. It may be worthwhile to install CCTV cameras outside your property and keep a list of local hospital and police hotlines within reach, just in case of an emergency.
Sweden has a thriving coffee culture
There is an ongoing debate about whether older adults should skip coffee, but studies have shown that coffee won’t cause any health impairments if consumed moderately. Moreover, drinking coffee when you’re older has many health benefits, as it may reduce the risks of developing Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Since Sweden has a thriving coffee culture, you can boost your health and get your coffee fix anywhere while partaking in a tradition called fika, which means to meet colleagues or loved ones over a cup of coffee. Most Swedes often have at least one fika per day, as it gives them the opportunity to talk and bond with their favourite people.
Make new friends
As a retiree, being part of this coffee-centered tradition can give you the opportunity to make new friends. Moreover, having fika with someone helps prevent isolation, which is something that seniors often cope with during retirement.
Rediscover yourself by spending your golden years in Sweden. Choosing to retire in one of Sweden’s many beautiful cities means you can be safe, look after your health, and make new friends as you bask in the natural scenery of this country.
All The Reasons Why Sweden Is A Haven For Retirees, written for Daily Scandinavian by Karoline Gore