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Lake Sorjosjaure in northern Sweden. Ulf Bohman, sat there as a hut-warden for two short summers in the 1990:s. A lot of outer silence, reflection and inner stillness. Maybe it could be called one of the birthplaces of the Guide to Silence idea. But it was in 1998 the project really came alive. Ulf Bohman was in charge of a EU-project together with a well known nature photographer (Bo Kristiansson) and a local media company. The result was a small guide book, printed in English, German and Swedish. The purpose  was: 1) To market the silence, solitude and fantastic wilderness that you can find in the Swedish mountains. 2) To help people wind down, lower their stress levels, find new levels of well-being and enjoy nature in new ways. The video below shows the first chapter of this original Guide to Silence.

The guidebook was sold in tourist offices and hotels in the area. But maybe it was a bit too much ahead of its time.  15 years later in the fall 2013 the project was revived, with a new approach.

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Can you find relative silence in nature close to or in big cities? On behalf of Sollentuna Municipality in Stockholm, Sweden and with support from the Stockholm County Council's environmental fund we developed a method to evaluate the relative silence and the experiential values of green spaces in metropolitan areas. We then applied this method to inventory Sollentuna Municipality's  current and planned nature reserves. This project lead us to where we are now with the Sundbyberg and Stockholm project.

And we did find some really silent unique places and great walks in Sollentuna (one example ended up as this blog post, link)

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