“The Stockholm Syndrome”

Nope, I wasn’t kidnapped. Nor, did I consequently develop an intimacy with said kidnappers (haha).

No, the Stockholm syndrome is how I describe the apparent desire of any visitor to Helsinki, Finland, to get on a ferry, and take a ride to the neighbouring city of Stockholm.

Ok, no surprise there. Sweden is right across the Baltic Sea from Finland. And, the Helsinki-Stockholm ferry-ride is famous. Depart at 5 p.m. from Helsinki, arrive in Stockholm at 9 a.m. the next morning. The cruise ship itself is built for luxury — restaurants, night-clubs, cafes, saunas, movie theater, swimming pool, etc, etc.

I can’t count how many times I visited Stockholm. OK…………I lie; I was there………er………4 times (haha). I like the city — it’s more lively, more welcoming, more entertaining than all the other Nordic capitals (Helsinki (yikes!), Oslo, and Copenhagen). Probably something to do with Sweden being the first of the Scandinavian countries to open its borders to all and sundry, and, thus, being the first to benefit from “internationalization” and “multi-culturalism”  (not even sure that’s an English word. But, it’ll do for now :=))).

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