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A marvelous place in Sorsele: today, there is a greater self-confidence

the Greatest is the chance to encounter together with hemvändare at the gym. It is the natural meeting place in the society and Malin Flodin hangs here most every night.

– the Security, nature, skoteråkningen, fishing, and that I know all this, " she says about what she missed during the näslund in Umeå, which was only five months long.

She gives a concrete example:

– If it is 35 degrees cold and you go at the side of the road in Sorsele so always stops someone and asks if you want to have a ride.

Johannes Lidström who is standing beside with a pair of dumbbells. He was 16 when he disappeared from Sorsele to study at the gymnasium. Wanted to test their wings. Twelve years later, he was back.

– You are being seen here, " he says. And what variety in the shops? You never need to queue, and in hardware stores you can buy everything except food. It is not possible to buy where can I order on the internet. Not do I need to go elsewhere to shop.

the Gym in Sorsele is the natural meeting place in the society. Malin Flodin, Svante Mattsson, Johannes Lidström is all hemvändare. Photo: Fredrik Funck

Svante Mattsson is a third hemvändare at the gym. He lived in Umeå in the 3.5 years where he studied to be a nurse.

– In the 80's was printed all down in Sorsele. It was said that you must move from here to fend for herself in the future. Today, there is a greater self-confidence. We say: may the city, so can we. I usually say to young people that is the architect of his own fortune. They can create a future for themselves here if they want to, " says Svante Mattsson.

Optimism is not. The hope is alive. In the bright moments at the gym, nothing seems impossible.

asylum seekers are another group who Sorsele hope to stay in the resort.

Yasin Heydari, a 22-year-old hazar, with roots in Afghanistan, has already made its choice.

It was his older brother who first came to Västerbotten inland, 2011. The rest of the family followed after 2015.

Yasin Heydari came to Sorsele 2015. He has an internship at the resort and do not want to move. Photo: Fredrik Funck

" Why should I stay in the forest? I wondered the first. There were no people here and no high-rise buildings, but after a few months we started fishing and walking in the woods, " says Yasin Heydari.

– And now I do not want to move anywhere, without getting in Sorsele in my entire life. Well, I want to stay here, " he says in good English after four years of studies and colored by the local dialect.

He has worked at the home for the elderly in Sorsele and currently, he has an internship at a company that produces wooden floors and panels. He is really thriving.

But his mother and father want the family moves on to Lycksele.

– Then, I say to them that I am 22 years old and here in Sweden I decide about myself. I intend to stay in Sorsele, says Yasin Heydari.

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