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We’re among the most hospitable people in Europe – let’s not ruin it by being greedy

Ian O'Doherty


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We have a golden goose that other countries lack: our reputation for warmth and friendliness. Photo: Stock image

We have a golden goose that other countries lack: our reputation for warmth and friendliness. Photo: Stock image

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Prices are rising. Stock image

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We have a golden goose that other countries lack: our reputation for warmth and friendliness. Photo: Stock image

Working off the entirely reasonable supposition that most Indo readers lead far more productive lives than me, I’ll assume many of you haven’t gone down the internet rabbit hole that is now called #Swedengate, which cast a sinister pall over that country’s international reputation.

Why is that fine nation suddenly the target of ire around the world, from the trusted (ahem) pages of the New York Times to the dark undergrowth of sites on the internet? Well, it appears that Swedes, and many other Nordic people, have a strange and, some might say, quite terrible habit of not feeding guests who arrive at their house.


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