Allemansrätten is a romantic Swedish concept, written into law, that translates roughly as ‘everyone’s right to roam freely'. It means that people in Sweden are legally permitted to access nature and its resources for recreation, regardless of whether the land they’re traipsing through or camping on is public or private.
Now, the Swedes are extending the allemansratten concept to non-Swedes. It’s an idea that could well have been giddily dreamt up by a social scientist and a tourism PR manager during Happy Hour: five stressed-out workaholics from around Europe are invited to stay in light-filled cabins on Henriksholm Island in Sweden’s west. For three days, they will hike, swim, fish and cook in a kind of immersive nature therapy. Researchers from Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute will study whether the visitors experience any health or well-being benefits from the combination of nature and solitude.
The folks from Visit Sweden tourism website will publish the results (assuming that the visitors do not, in fact, report experiencing increased stress due to pollution/caffeine/internet withdrawal, on account of lack of privacy in said transparent cabin, or because being on the wind-beaten Swedish island reminds them of the showdown scene from Girl with a Dragon Tattoo).
Find out more about the cabins, the study case and the participants here.