Soulful Skåne: how local culture brings this Swedish province to life

Sweden's verdant southernmost province is a place where travellers can switch off and experience open-air living. Yet it’s the locals’ relaxed hospitality and welcoming spirit that really bring this destination to life.

Published 7 Apr 2020, 10:00 BST
Soul of Skåne

Strolling on sandy beaches, wild camping under starry skies and foraging in the undergrowth for wild mushrooms: this is what friluftsliv — a Scandinavian term that loosely translates as ‘open-air living’ — is all about. This stress-free way of life is one of the main attractions of Skåne, a rosy-cheeked province in the south of Sweden. The fertile region is also one of the country’s culinary meccas, with an astounding variety of locally-grown produce and exciting dishes to try (think homemade smoothies made from foraged fallen fruits or ice creams flavoured with saffron). Yet, it’s the friendliness of the locals that makes this destination unforgettable. 

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