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Nils Öhman: There is here the happy raffled riches are invested

This past year I have almost exclusively biked or gone in Stockholm. Almost gone t-bana, bus or car. Many steps, kilometres and miles it has become.

is it that I am without headphones in your ears so you notice more – somewhere the attention and take the road. One day I suddenly see a pattern: almost without exception are expected to return all of the facades, and well-polished. How can it be? Why, there are barely even any cracks in the plaster?

it is here they are happily raffled wealth is invested: tenant-owner who has seen their houses splint in value, and landlords who tvångsrenoverat up the rents. Along the streets there are rows of sacks filled with lightly used furnishings as an additional sign.

When prosperity increased, and food, furniture, clothing, electronics and travel plummeted in price – we have either chosen or been forced to choose to spend the surplus on the property. Somewhere need the money take the road.

I read an article about lottery winners. The most common was that they bought a new sofa, changed his used car to a somewhat less used and so took the family on a trip abroad. Then they continued life as usual.

But one of the winners had spent the money to be on leave one year and take an inventory of amphibian species in any of the regions in the south of Sweden.

the Question gives itself: why do we use välståndsökningen to renovate facades when we could have been looking frogs instead?

Nils Öhman is debattredaktör and have set vintercykeln for the season. Read also his columns on that there are marvelous things to see in the darkness and the value of being ready when the nature call to the meeting.

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