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Summer Camps for Swedish Kids

Published fredag 10 juli 2009 kl 15.33
Swedish kids on the way to summer camp in 1938

Hundreds of thousands of Swedish kids are on their summer holidays right now, the schools here shut for ten long weeks over the summer. For those living in what were crowded and dirty cities decades ago, the authorities set up what they called "sommarkollo", Summer Camps in English.

Their aim was to get the kids out of the cities and into the fresh air of the Swedish countryside. One island in the Stockholm archipelago was even named "The Childrens' Isle", and kids still make their way there, to get away from their parents and to have fun, rather than just hanging around town.

But Swedish society is changing. Are Sweden's Summer Camps still living up to their original idea? Radio Sweden's Kris Boswell has the report.

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