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Lagom: The Secret of the Swedish Lifestyle

Ever wondered why Sweden so consistently makes it into lists charting the top ten ‘happiest countries in the world’? At Schepens we’re currently hearing a good deal about ‘lagom’ (pronounced law-gohm), which is considered central to the happiness which fuels the Swedish lifestyle. Lagom describes a philosophical approach to life that is particular to Sweden, and to Scandinavia more widely. Translated ‘lagom’ means: Not too much, not too little.


How is the Swedish Lifestyle Defined by Lagom?

Schepens is a UK removals company with over 100 years’ experience helping people with removals to Sweden. We have some idea of what lagom is, but the real experts are our movers who are now living in Stockholm and across the country. We asked them how the philosophy of lagom impacts their everyday lives in Sweden:

1. Lagom is a Kind of Minimalism

Lagom is quite hard to define exactly, but it’s really important to an understanding of the Swedish lifestyle. It’s not about getting rid of all your possessions, but it is about clearing away the things that distract you from enjoying life simply and beautifully. An example would be planning your meals a week in advance and buying only what you need to create them. Once your food shelves are clear, you shop again.

2. Workplace Lagom

Working in Sweden is much less stressy than in London. I think it’s down to energy being treated as a finite resource, rather than an endless supply. Instead of burning energy frantically all day, you’re expected to take breaks, eat cake, talk to people, drink coffee, and then return to your desk refreshed. Lagom is about noticing and managing your energy levels.

3. Keep Your Emotional Temperature Steady

People encountering Sweden for the first time talk about the culture of reserve. I’d put it differently: Swedes aren’t drama queens. They tend to pull out of situations that require over-the-top responses and save themselves for deeper and more profound experiences. I’m learning to do the same, less social media, and more cycling works well for me.

4. Lagom is About a Holistic Approach to Life

Balance is something that people in Sweden are keen to achieve in every area of their lives. It’s about pulling back and looking at your life as a whole, to get perspective. Rather than binge-buying, you save money and wait till there’s something you really desire. You try to get a balance of time at work, with family and with friends. When an imbalance occurs, you’re aware of it, and make plans to re-balance as soon as possible.


Schepens for Lagom Removals to Sweden

All this discussion of lagom has got the Schepens team thinking about our approach to removals. Our goal has always been to remove the stress for movers, by providing expert knowledge of their destination, specialist services to support them, and careful planning to underpin a successful move. We don’t bombard our customers with loads of stuff they don’t need, we simply ensure that everything is in place for stress-free removals.

Tailored Scandinavian Removals

Schepens has been providing Scandinavian removals for more than a century. We make weekly runs to Sweden, and have a detailed knowledge of customs regulations, roads, and locations throughout the country. We even have a depot in Jönköping. This means that we can offer our movers flexible scheduling, affordable prices, and full or part load shipping.

Schepens removals services include:

  • Free No Obligation Removals Quotes. As soon as we know the details of your move, we will provide an accurate removals quotation to help with your budgeting.
  • Insurance. Your goods are insured whilst in transit. If you require additional Accidental Damage or Extended Liability cover, we can arrange it for you.
  • Customs. We’re experienced at dealing with Swedish customs and know the rules and regulations associated with relocating to Sweden.
  • Professional Packing Service. Worrying about packing up your home? Let Schepens BAR trained packers do it for you. They’ll do the job in hours, using sturdy and sustainable packing materials.
  • Specialist Removals. Whatever you need to take with you to Sweden, we can help. Our specialist team are experienced movers of pianos, antiques, and fine art.
  • Self Storage. Should you require storage in the UK, Schepens has a number of local self storage facilities offering a secure and well-managed environment for your goods.
  • Transport. Your goods are transported in one of our state-of-the-art removals vehicles which run on air ride suspension and boast an adjustable bearing system, ensuring little or no movement of vehicle content.

Second-to-None Scandinavian Removals

“From the initial contact with Schepens, through the run up and on the day of the move, the Schepens team have been friendly, responsive and have a cool, calm, “no problem” attitude which significantly reduced my stress levels at getting everything organized ahead of my move.

On the day, the Schepens team were polite, careful, and very efficient. I’d happily recommend them to anyone needing a great moving experience!”

Paul H.


Are you planning removals to Sweden? Give Schepens a call to find out about the range of ways we can support your move – 01794 323558