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Szwecja - Jakriborg

Halfway between Malmo and Lund, somewhere in the middle of Sweden fields, there’s a sleepy town surrounded by a red rampart.

Szwecja - Jakriborg

After passing the gate which is the element of fortifications, one can see another, medieval reality.

Szwecja - Jakriborg

Szwecja - Jakriborg

Pastel townhouses with soaring roofs, decorated with colorful windows and doors, winding along cobblestoned lanes, look fabulous.

Szwecja - Jakriborg

The town seems to be abandoned. There’s no residents or playing children, let alone tourists.

Szwecja - Jakriborg

In front of the house are bikes, on playgrounds you can see barbecues or even toys so someone must live here.

Szwecja - Jakriborg

There’s an absolute silence, you cannot hear even fast trains passing through nearby Hjärup station. Walk along the old town takes only 5 minutes.

Szwecja - Jakriborg

Only one grocery, restaurant and furniture shop prove that civilization exists here. In a word, ideal monopoly with no customers.

Szwecja - Jakriborg

After intensive sightseeing, we decided to go to the restaurants which also represents a kind of phenomenon.

Szwecja - Jakriborg

Only one person works here. He is a cook, waiter and barista at the same time.

Szwecja - Jakriborg

We thought that we would be welcomed with open arms as a sole customers. In a fact we couldn’t have been more wrong.

Szwecja - Jakriborg

The waiter was more interested in choosing his lunch from nearby smorgasbord! Finally, after one hour’s time we received our meals, which can be described as good but only in view of the price.

Szwecja - Jakriborg

Additionaly our „chessplayer reflex” waiter, reminded that I ordered a coffee just before paying the bill.

So what underlies this fabulous, sometimes ludicrous city?

Szwecja - Jakriborg

This medieval town is in a fact a modern subdivision, built in the 90’s!

Szwecja - Jakriborg

It’s an alternative to modern, concrete estates.  

Szwecja - Jakriborg

Additionally it’s a very good alternative in view of the low rental prices, which are the lowest in Sweden.

Szwecja - Jakriborg

Nowadays around 1000 people live here and a queue for rental is getting longer and longer.  

Szwecja - Jakriborg

In view of increasing demand, Jakriborg originator – company Jakri AB is planning to build here more houses.

Szwecja - Jakriborg

The city will house around 7 thousand residents in the future.

Szwecja - Jakriborg

But there’re also some drawbacks. Everything here belongs to above mentioned company.

Szwecja - Jakriborg

Houses can’t be bought and every change of the buildings architecture must be consulted  with the company.

Szwecja - Jakriborg

The idea of the modern subdivision also arouses a lot of controversies between architects who perceive it as a travesty of medieval town.

Szwecja - Jakriborg

But in our opinion the prospect of living here seems to be quite interesting 🙂

Szwecja - Jakriborg

 

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