|Gondolen restaurant suspended|
from footbridge. StockholmPhoto 1956
The overall impression of Sweden was one of cleanliness and orderliness. To some degree, as Sweden had declared itself neutral during World War II, it escaped bombing and occupation unlike its neighbours Denmark and Norway. It was clear in the 1950s that relationships were, to say the least, strained. Much rebuilding was required after the war in occupied countries, notably Norway, because of the Nazis 'scorched earth' policy. Lack of funds in Norway compounded the problem. Sweden, on the other hand, was able to develop its economy unhindered.
Before returning home we travelled overland to Gothenburg. The accommodation was more traditional bed and breakfast but comfortable. We were left more on our own here but were still able to visit several new buildings in the outer areas including housing schemes similar to those in Denmark and elsewhere in Sweden.
|Family terrace houses, Nockebyhov near Stockholm|
|Götaplatsen, Gothenburg showing Museum of Art (1922) |
and Concert Hall (1935) Photo 1956
|Ribershus 'housing estate' , Malmö (built 1937-1943)|
|Malmö Opera and Music Theatre (built 1933-1944)|