Observing Sweden – Week 3 – B

This house is in itself a mystery – high-tech with fire-wire internet.


There’s a UPS somewhere that turns lights on and off outside, and an underfloor heating system far beyond my comprehension.

Light switches are arranged in clusters, hard to figure out what turns things on and off, the ceiling’s full of little spotlight LEDs, each with a dimmer.


Six switches in this cluster, after three weeks still unsure which one does what. A guessing game each night.

The refrigerator light does not come on when door’s first open, waits to see if one is really looking for something, waits for maybe thirty-five or forty seconds, then illuminates . . . environmental friendly.

Other things I took for granted in the States are missing. This refrig does not make ice – first ice cube trays I’ve seen in years. There is no garbage grinder in the sink. Both things are missing for environmental reasons I suspect. Cat litter must be taken to the city dump a couple miles from where we live.

The dump itself is and environmental masterpiece, and free. There is no charge for getting rid of stuff. There are separate containers for paper, plastic, metal . . . old TVs. Still more bins wait for motor oil, old tires, cloth things and wood.


The wood is ground up and made into pellets for fireplaces. The plastic is recycled and somehow they make money from stuff they get out of the televisions. Other Scandinavian countries send their trash to Sweden and pay for the service.

 A watchtower that reminds me of a U.S. prison keeps an eye on things. Two guys in uniforms below make sure the rules are followed. Impressive.


Even Burger King’s environmentally correct.

Three choices for disposal: Compost, Combustible and Drinks.


About Bruce Louis Dodson

Bruce Louis Dodson is an American expat now living in Borlänge, Sweden with his wife, cat and dog. He is an artist and world traveler who writes fiction and poetry and practices photography in his less than copious free time. His work has appeared in: Barely South Review - Boundaries Issue, Blue Collar Review, Pulsar Poetry (UK), Foliate Oak, Breadline Press West Coast Anthology . The E-buffet, Qarrtsiluni, Struggle Magazine, Pearl Literary Magazine, Contemporary Literature Review: India, 3rd Wednesday, Sleeping Cat Books - Trip of a Lifetime Anthology, Northern Liberties Review, Authors Abroad - Foreign & and Far Away Anthology, The Path, Page & Spine, The Crucible, Sleeping Cat Books -Trips of a Lifetime, Vine Leaves, Pirene's Fountain,Tic Toc Anthology - Kind of a Hurricane Press, Cordite Poetry Review, Buffalo Almanac and mgv2.
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5 Responses to Observing Sweden – Week 3 – B

  1. Jew Boy says:

    Is the electric phased different than the US? Something to consider when you plug in those American appliances (if any) when and “if” they arrive?

  2. Sweden sounds like an ideal place to live, Bruce… go on telling us more about this idyllic place you’ve landed in, it all sounds fascinating …

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