Buddhist Monk in Fredrika

Small Town Builds Big Temple

One of Sweden’s smallest towns is making room for the country’s biggest Buddhist temple.

Fredrika, with a population of 400, hopes the 300 person-capacity temple will attract tourists and the country’s 10,000 Buddhists. Construction of the hilltop temple is expected to start in the spring.

The decision to build in Fredrika, a village some 660 kilometers north of Stockholm, comes in part because so many seasonal workers that arrive for berry-picking season in July-September come from Thailand. Many of those workers have settled there permanently.

Fredrika also hopes that the new temple will generate jobs and tourism revenue.

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