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PREPAREDNESS: Community, Individuals & Networks

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Citizen's View


Citizen's View


The section below is the first in a monthly series showing the perspectives of two individuals on the need for individual preparedness. These are un-edited personal views which show the potential differences in opinion.

Written by:   Janne

Location:     Uppsala län, Sweden

Age Group: 40-65 years

Citizen:        Sweden

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Emergency Preparedness in Sweden


Why, or why not, should people in Sweden be prepared?

Sweden has been a peaceful nation for many years and has chosen not to be involved in the last World Wars. It is not a member of NATO and voices any  concerns through the United Nations. We would not be affected here by any wars in the Middle East and do not worry about that. The Swedish government has provided stability to the people since the harder times of the 1930’s. We enjoy quite a peaceful life, with low crime rates, a good feeling of safety and good laws to protect us.

The climate here has always included snow in the winter and very low temperatures. The winter can last 4 or 5 months sometimes and -20 degrees C is not unusual. The summer time can be very warm, but we do not have the same high temperatures as southern Europe, so it is just pleasant.

Our currency is the Swedish Krona and we have not taken the Euro currency yet. I do not believe that we will take the Euro. Our economy is quite stable and I do not see any financial problems for the future. This year we have a general election but I do not see any big changes  for us if if another political party wins the election.

I see that the price for food is going up quite a lot in the last year, but petrol is quite the same during the last years. Interest rates for loans and housing is quite low and energy costs quite high. People need to have a good pension when they retire and work hard to enjoy later life. It is important for young people to get a good education so they can get a good job. Unemployment is not high in Sweden but it is important to have good qualifications to get a good job.

How are you prepared and in what way?

Financially, I try and save a little money each month from my salary. I will retire in the next few years and want to have enough in the bank to do some nice things in the future. I always make sure that we have a good supply of wood to heat the house through the winter months. I keep reflective vests, tools and a fuel can in my car in case of emergencies. We go to the shops each week and have enough food to last for at least one week or slightly more.

What each month do you see changing in Sweden and how would, or could, that affect your family?

The price of food is going up, so we look for special offers and price reductions where-ever we can. We have fixed a 5 year contract for our electricity in case the prices go very high.


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** The opinions shown are personal perspectives on preparedness, written by private citizens, and do not necessarily represent the opinion or views of the ISSS.