SWEDISH SMÖRGÅSBORD

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BY South African stan­dards, it’s cold … very cold. But the lo­cals flit­ting be­tween the build­ings of this in­dus­trial es­tate are dressed as though it’s the mid­dle of spring be­cause, in Swe­den, it is. I, how­ever, am so pre­oc­cu­pied with keep­ing warm that I walk past the door of the Volvo Mu­seum and, were it not for my hosts’ shouts, I may still be lost within this com­plex that houses the most com­pre­hen­sive col­lec­tion of Volvos any­where in the world.

For­tu­nately, once in­side, both the air and the typ­i­cally Swedish greet­ing are warm and wel­com­ing. This unas­sum­ing build­ing on the out­skirts of Gothen­burg, just a few kilo­me­tres from the city centre, plays home to Volvo’s largest mu­seum and you can ac­cess the build­ing by car, bus or boat (and, if you choose to ar­rive in your own wa­ter­craft, as op­posed to tak­ing the ferry, there are three berths where you can dock).

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