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Promoting the "good life" in central Sweden
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.
2011 (English)In: Geographical knowledge, nature and practice, 2011, p. 68-69Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

On the one hand, certain rural areas of Central Sweden are facing challenges of economic decline and depopulation in the early 21st century. on the other hand, the number of Dutch migrating to Sweden has increased steadily over the past decade. As a result of these developments, Dutch migrants have become a target group for the promotional activities of certain Central Swedish municipalities.

Against this empirical background, this paper aims to examine contemporary international place promotion of Nordic rural areas in order to attract counter-urban movers, exemplified by Central Swedish marketing campaigns towards Dutch (prospective) migrants. Methods applied are observation during emigration fairs in the Netherlands and a study of promotional material disseminated by Central Swedish municipalities through their “Holland-projects”. Moreover, an interview-study is conducted amongst municipal officials and recruiters at two organisations actively engaged in attracting Dutch and other counter-urban migrants to Central Sweden. Empirical questions considering the expectations of the recruiting municipalities are addressed in the paper. Moreover, the paper studies how the municipalities justify recruiting affluent western migrants.

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2011. p. 68-69
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Human Geography
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Social and Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-29076OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-29076DiVA, id: diva2:622126
Conference
Nordic Geographers meeting, May 24-27 2011, Roskilde, Denmark
Available from: 2013-05-20 Created: 2013-05-20 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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