Disparity tourism in Sweden(Read article summary)
'Upper-class safaris' in the suburbs of Stockholm take participants between neighborhoods to highlight widening economic disparities.
â€˘ A local, slice-of-life story from a Monitor correspondent.
Â In Sweden, a group of disaffected young people is challenging the countryâ€™s image as an egalitarian, equal-opportunity society. How? By organizing â€śupper-class safaris,â€ť which load class-conscious participants onto buses that take them from the center of Stockholm, the Swedish capital, to two of its eastern suburbs: FisksĂ¤tra, a working-class neighborhood, and Solsidan, a wealthy one.
The journey between the two suburbs takes five minutes, but, says tour organizer Martin Fredriksson, they are â€śworlds apart.â€ť
The unconventional sightseeing trip is organized by Allt ĂĄt Alla (Everything for Everyone), an association that abides by the Marxist credo â€śfrom each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.â€ť
At the end of 2011, reports from Statistics Sweden and the Swedish Center for Business and Policy Studies highlighted widening economic disparities and showed that the correlation between family background and income has become more pronounced.
Allt ĂĄt Alla insists that such disparities must be understood as a class issue and that the safari tours could spark a serious discussion through a fun initiative.
But well-to-do residents of Solsidan may not be willing. They have objected to the invasion of their privacy and to being likened to animals.