ETW #66 Understanding Lagom: Swedish Secret of Living Well with Lola Akinmade Åkerström

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In today’s crazy world, balance and contentment are things we all crave, but has Sweden mastered this through their unusual, unique and often controversial custom of Lagom? This week we chat with travel photographer & writer Lola Akinmade Åkerström about her experience with Lagom in Sweden as well as her photography and inspirational background.

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Lagom is one of those concepts that is extremely difficult to explain to non-Swedes. There’s a Swedish proverb that says “The right amount is best,” and that is very much what Lagom is all about. In brief, it’s the underpinning of not just the Swedish psyche, but the entire society and promotes a certain level of balance in all things. Some say it’s why Sweden is so often ranked as one of the happiest countries in the world, but it’s a lot more nuanced than that designation might suggest. In this week’s podcast we delve deeper into what lagom is REALLY all about and how we can all incorporate certain elements of it into our daily lives. We also spend some time chatting with Lola about her very inspirational background as well as what she thinks makes a great photographer.

Lola Akinmade Åkerström is an award-winning photographer and travel writer based in Stockholm, Sweden. She is the editor-in-chief for Slow Travel Stockholm and has photographed and dispatched from 70+ countries for a variety of publications including National Geographic, BBC, CNN and many many others. She is the 2018 Travel Photographer of the Year Bill Muster Award recipient and In addition to contributing to several books, she is the author of the following books – 2018 Lowell Thomas Award winner for best travel book, DUE NORTH, & bestselling Lagom: Swedish Secret of Living Well available in 18 foreign language editions. Please be sure to follow Lola on Twitter and Instagram!

By: Matt Long

Matt has a true passion for travel. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer.

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