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The Laundry Room - A Swedish Way of Life

Published torsdag 12 november 2009 kl 15.33
The Laundry is an Swedish institution and is being celebrated in an exhibition at Nordiska Museet

"Tvättstugan" or to give it its english title, the laundry room, is loved and hated by Swedes in equal measure. Around 42 percent of Sweden's population live in apartment buildings, most of which have communal laundry rooms, deep down in the basement, and they're used by an estimated three out four tenants.

The laundry rooms were introduced in the 1940's and 50's as part of a public health programme to "clean up" the nation. This unique slice of Swedish life is being marked by an exhibition at Stockholm's Nordiska Museum, simply called Tvättstugan.

Project leader Amanda Creutzer told Radio Sweden's Dave Russell how the laundry room can bring people together and tear them apart.

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