Because of Denmark’s small size, the image is not quite as striking as the Swedish but you can still see the nodes of the Copenhagen and Århus – “Triangle city” areas.
Given that Sweden is supposed to be one of the world’s most egalitarian societies, good old class has a tendency to manifest itself in surprising ways. If you visit Stockholm, then take a walk on Östermalm. Sure, Copenhagen has its upper-class enclaves, but it is obvious that Stockholm – and Östermalm – really plays in a different league here. Of cause much of Östermalm was built before the
inferior classes Social Democrats took over but the upper-class air is still very much alive and well.
Outside of central Stockholm, the upper-class also has its favourite haunts – you should in particular look at the municipalities of Danderyd and Lidingö – and it is not really surprising that when the magazine Focus presented a ranking of Swedish municipalities, places like Danderyd, Lidingö and Täby as well as Lomma and Vellinge crowd the top-10 – if there is one thing which sociologists and statisticians will tell you, then that is that levels of health and education are heavily correlated with wealth. Equally unsurprising, a number of traditional bruk – rural industrial communities – round off the list.
Anyway, the question is if you can replicate the strategies of Danderyd in a place like, say, Södertälje or if the succes of Danderyd is only possible because of its position in a stratified society. Rhetorical question, I know: You can’t. Norsjö – #8 on the list – would be much more interesting to study if you are looking for lessons in “best practice”.
But what really made my jaw drop – or then again, perhaps not considering that we are dealing with the upper classes – was this comment by Djursholm (Djursholm is the really wealthy part of Danderyd) resident Lüüli Lundvall Klebe about the true charms of the place:
We who live here are of a different kind, a class of our own. That gives a good sense of cohesion
Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie.
And in Denmark? Oh, you would be looking at some parts of Frederiksberg, Hørsholm and Rudersdal municipalities.