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Brazillian artist Munir Hossn shares new album – Vientre

Brazillian artist Munir Hossn, an esteemed producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist, shares his latest full-length album Vientre today via Jammcard Records. The brand new catalogue of tracks celebrates women across the globe, in dedication to the artist’s late mother, who unfortunately passed recently in the spring of 2021. To make the album, Munir teamed up with a cast entirely of female musicians and singers.

Vientre is a compelling new collection that evokes every emotion through the lens of various bonds that Munir has made with important women throughout his life’s journey. Amongst the most impactful, Vientre seeks to embody the strongest relationship that a human can experience, which is the relationship between a mother and a child.

Hossn shares, “The idea of making an album with and dedicated to all women became a necessity, a very special story full of mixed emotions.

As the son of a very young mother who was still discovering how to enjoy life, I spent much of my childhood with my aunts, cousins, grandmothers, teachers; great women who taught me what today is for me, the most valuable lesson in my existence: to have love towards others, towards nature and towards life itself.

While my mother was away for different reasons, I would miss her; and through her absence I learned the importance of the female figure in our lives. After having spent more than twenty years traveling the world without seeing her, the memories and all my thoughts about that relationship, which I had held from another point of view, were transformed into a set of songs that have helped me to rebuild the most beautiful parts of this story.

Throughout my life I have met incredible female instrumentalists who identified with what I was looking for in that production and tribute: Naile Sosa, a Cuban drummer who brings in her rhythm to the full heritage of Mother Africa. Luca Fumero on piano and Rita Payes on trombone, both born in Barcelona and two young and virtuous instrumentalists who represent in the album the baroque and the playful of European music. And finally, Natascha Rogers, a percussionist born in Belgium, daughter of an English mother and a Native American father, a mixture that made her a strong woman, with  the colors and sounds of nature.

As I offer all my energy and dedication through this album, my wish for you is that you feel in each melody the strength and greatness of that being who, in addition to giving us life, teaches us the origin of the feeling called love.

I dedicate this album to all the women of our planet and especially to my mother who left us on the morning of 05/10/2021. May she rest in peace and may my music always make her smile.”

Born in Brazil, Munir’s mixture between Africans, Europeans, Arabians, and Brazilian-indigenous people make him one of the most original and authentic artists of his country and the world. Just by listening to his compositions and arrangements, listeners can imagine how vast and great his journey has been through the variety of different countries and cultures.

Along with his solo compositions, Munir has also collaborated, produced, and shared projects with artists like Quincy Jones, Joe Zawinul Syndicate, Didier Lockwood, Paco Sery, Concha Buika, The Global Gumbo All Stars feat. Alfredo Rodriguez, Hermeto Pascoal, Richard Bona, Roberto Mendes, Jorge Pardo, and many more.

Vientre is the premiere addition to an already astounding index of music that represents the many colors of musical flavors from around the globe, but it also may be the most personal and intimate offering yet from Munir Hossn. For all those looking to reconnect after a year of distractions and isolation, this album is meant to reflect and heal through a universal pulse.

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Les Agamemnonz – Artemis

French instrumental outfit Les Agamemnonz have shared their new jovial single “Artemis” via a premiere with Aesthetic Magazine. The song was taken from their upcoming album Amateurs due out June 11, 2021 on Hi-Tide Recordings. The band describes the newest song as a “chivalrous dance dedicated to wilderness and childbirth,” a nod to the Greek goddess of the same name. Fans can check out “Artemis” now.

On “Artemis”, the band shares, “This tune is a tribute to Joe Meek, who can be considered as the father of [our] home studio. We managed to get a functioning Clavioline, a legendary forerunner to the analog synthesizer. We recorded this track on a Sunday morning, after a short night sleeping on the studio’s floor between the gears. The night before, we just recorded Diana, a single we released in 2018, and Benjamin woke up with an idea. He said: I think we should try an instro version of this one. With coffee in one hand, we took our instruments and started recording this new version. We felt it sounded great, but we had to wait two more years to be fully satisfied, as one thing was missing: a real clavioline.”

Ahead of the release of Amateurs the band has shared additional singles: “Xiphias“, “Mount Capitola“, and “No Shoes No Service,” which highlight the French band’s American influence. On the upcoming album the band shares, “The making of this album has been a very long process, and we are very excited to make it public soon! Especially during times when gigs don’t exist anymore, it is heartwarming to be able to share new music with people.”

Playing on the ambivalence of the word that designates the enamored connoisseur as well as the non-professional, Amateurs is paradoxically the band’s most ambitious production, both in writing, arrangements, orchestration, and recording. In addition to references to their spiritual father Joe Meek (“Artemis”), or to a more French legacy (“Conseils de la Fe des Lilas”), it is unquestionably their most “American” record, with clear references to the golden age of studios (“Theme from ‘Amateurs’ “), to a certain cinema (“Redwood Heights”), or to more personal experiences of touring the United States (“No Shoes No Service”). It is in all coherence that this album is also their first collaboration with the American label Hi-Tide Recordings.

For the past decade, Les Agamemnonz have performed hundreds of gigs, in concert halls, art centers, apartments, on village squares, beaches, boats, etc., across Europe and the United States. Never leaving their Greek “chitons”, playing barefoot come rain or shine, they get eclectic audiences to dance, ignite all age groups and, being instrumental, cross easily all language barriers.

If the craze they generate goes far beyond the borders of their genre niche, it is however the surf music community who give them the greatest honors, by placing their previous album in 3rd position of the 100 Best Surf Records of the Decade or by positioning them as headliner of the Asbury Park Surf Music Festival.

As acknowledged figures of this international scene, Les Agamemnonz stand out by their ability to quote the classics (The Ventures, The Astronauts, etc.) while developing a sound and a writing of their own. The tightness of their rhythmics and the originality of their arrangements draw from their deep interest in all forms of electric instrumental music that have flourished all over the world (Eleki music in Japan, Rautalanka in Finland, instro in France, electric Cumbia, Sega, etc.).

About Les Agamemnonz

Les Agamemnonz is composed of Benjamin Bonaventure (lead guitar), Simon Ripoll-Hurier (rhythm guitar), Gregory Bonaventure (bass), and Andr Pasquet (drums). Additional musicians featured on the album include Michael Jacques (french horn, trombone, trumpet, flugelhorn), Frederic Jouhannet (violins), Antoine Berland (medium grand piano), and Zach Robbins (field recording).

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Duncan Laurence – Small Town Boy Deluxe Edition

Skyrocketing to the top of the global conversation with nearly two billion streams and widespread acclaim, Gold-certified international phenomenon Duncan Laurence expands his full-length debut album, Small Town Boy, with a very special Deluxe Edition. Stream the Deluxe Edition of Small Town Boy HERE.

He re-upped and recharged the record with three brand new originals and the Sam Feldt Remix of his runaway smash “Arcade.” Among the originals, “Stars” pairs his emotionally charged vocals with a celestial hum and soft piano, while acoustic guitar glistens over a string-laden beat as his nostalgic lyrics echo on “Sad Old Me.” Then, there’s “I Got You.” Harp shimmers as his delivery volleys between vulnerable verses and vibrant echoes with heavenly power. Check out the full tracklisting below.

Laurence ultimately presents the definitive vision of Small Town Boy with Deluxe Edition.

In other big news, “Arcade” just picked up a gold certification from the RIAA. It notably made history as the “First Eurovision Song Contest Winner to Hit the Billboard Hot 100 since 1976.He also recently opened up Eurovision 2021 with a showstopping performance of “Feel Something.”

Arcade” took the No. 1 spot on Spotify’s Global Viral chart last year and has since received radio airplay in 58 countries. With nearly 350 million U.S. streams included in the song’s near 2 billion combined global streams tally, the Dutch artist has already had remarkable success stateside. The song won the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. 

His second single, “Love Don’t Hate It,” appeared on 16 New Music Friday playlists, including the U.S. Premiering the official video, Billboard observed, “[Laurence] mediates the battle between love and hate to a peaceful truce. As the growling guitar and low, thudding piano in the verses are stacked up against Laurence‘s impactful falsetto, the song embodies the confrontation of polar forces with the singer elevating the brightest moments to a decisive victory.”

About Duncan Laurence

Growing up in the tiny Dutch town of Hellevoetsluis, Duncan Laurence discovered the healing power of music. Holed up in his bedroom avoiding the bullies who harassed him for his love of theatre and art, Laurence sang, turning his darker moments into a light he could spread to anyone who’d listen.

With his debut album, Small Town Boy, Laurence makes his younger self proud, writing the next chapter in a story that’s become a vision of perseverance and love. And he creates the cinematic scores to back it up, mixing the rich instrumentation of alternative rock, the delicacy of folk, and the dynamic swells of modern pop.

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Volbeat Announces Exclusive Vinyl Release

VOLBEAT ANNOUNCES EUROPEAN/UK RELEASE OF HOKUS BONUS, RARITIES AND BONUS TRACK LIMITED EDITION VINYL, GET IT HERE

Today, Volbeat announces the European/UK vinyl release of Hokus Bonus: a vinyl-only compilation of ‘bonus tracks’ from special editions of the band’s previous albums, many of which have never been available on vinyl before. The LP, limited to 6K numbered copies, features cover art from long-time Volbeat illustrator Karsten Sand and will be pressed on yellow smoke vinyl. Hokus Bonus brings several songs such as Slaytan, Under The Influence, and Immortal But Destructable to the vinyl format for the first time, and also includes early versions of fan-favorites Evelyn, Black Rose, and Die To Live. We all spend a lot of time in record stores both at home and on tour, said the band, and bringing these songs to vinyl, some of them for the first time ever, brings us great joy. Hokus Bonus will be available on Friday, July 16th and can be pre-ordered here.

Volbeat emerged from Copenhagen in 2001. Since then, they’ve tirelessly clawed their way to hard rock’s upper echelon with endless touring and a string of seven beloved full-length albums. Their latest album Rewind, Replay, Rebound was released on August 2nd, 2019 and has spawned the hit singles Last Day Under The Sun, Leviathan and Die To Live.  Their latest release, Rewind, Replay, Rebound: Live In Deutschland, features live recordings of songs from Rewind, Replay, Rebound as well as fan-favorites recorded during the band’s sold-out 2019 European tour.

HOKUS BONUS Track list

Side A

  1. Rebel Angel – 3:25
  2. Angelfuck – 1:30 
  3. Ecotone – 3:47 
  4. Lola Montez (Harp Version) – 4:28 
  5. Evelyn (Early Michael Vox Version) – 3:29
  6. Slaytan – 0:59

Side B

  1. The Bliss – 4:43
  2. Black Rose (Michael Vox Version) – 3:58
  3. Under The Influence – 4:32
  4. Immortal But Destructible – 4:35
  5. Die To Live (Michael Vox Version) – 3:03
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Electric Car Popularity In Europe

15 European Countries Had Highest Share of EVs in New Car Sales in 2020; Norway Highest – 75% Share

European nations are leading the way in new Electric Vehicle (EV) sales despite the emergence of Mainland China as the biggest market for EVs. According to data presented by Trading Platforms, 15 European countries had the highest share of plug-in EVs in new passenger car sales in 2020 – Norway had the highest at 75%

Norway A Positive Outlier In New EV Sales

Electric Vehicles have become more popular in recent times, accounting for 4.2% of the world’s total light-vehicle sales in 2020 compared to just 2.5% in 2019. Only eight countries achieved an EV share of 5% or higher in 2019, but in 2020 13 countries were able to cross the 10% mark of new light-vehicle sales.

Norway leads all nations by a wide margin with an incredible 74.8% plug-in EV share of new passenger car sales in 2020. Iceland was a distant second at 45% making them the only other country to have an EV share that accounted for more than a third of its total new light-vehicle sales in 2020.

Europe Leading The Way In New EV Sales

The top 15 countries with the highest EV share of new light-vehicle sales in 2020 were all European. China is the first country outside of Europe to feature on the rankings with 6.2%, for the 16th highest share in the world, despite being the largest market for EVs in terms of unit sales. Notably, the USA is well below the top nations at just 2.3%

Rex Pascual, Editor at Trading Platforms , commented on the rise of Europe’’s EV market;

“EV had a strong 2020 despite the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. Many rich European nations effectively use policies such as tax exemptions and subsidies to encourage the purchase of EVs, making the continent a robust emerging market in the ever going EV industry.”

You can read more about the story with more statistics and information here 

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Venice’s Hotel Ca’ di Dio May 2021

Venice’s newest 5-star hotel, Ca’ di Dio, will be born in May 2021. The hotel sits within a transformed ecclesiastical compound dating from 1272 that has hosted Crusaders, pilgrims and tourists for more than eight centuries.

“We are honored to have been asked to represent the Ca’ di dio,” says Geoffrey Weill, “particularly at this moment in history when revolutionary vaccines are combatting a pandemic that has crippled the travel business in Venice and throughout the world.”

Located on the Riva Ca’ di Dio, the hotel overlooks Venice’s legendary lagoon, and is located adjacent to the Arsenale and the gardens that house the city’s Biennale, one of the world’s most iconic art festivals and exhibitions. The Ca’ di Dio is an easy stroll along the waterfront from bustling St. Mark’s Square.

The 66-key Ca’ di Dio (pronounced Ka-di-dio) is one of a new class of properties managed by Italy’s VOI Hotels, to be known as V-Retreats. The Ca ‘di Dio, like all V-Retreats, is set to be an oasis of peace, a palace of timeless beauty imbued with the finesse and warmth of Italian hospitality. The hotel’s general manager, Christophe Mercier, has a rich history of managing some of Venice’s finest properties.

The creation of the Hotel Ca’ di Dio was entrusted to the studio of the internationally renowned Spanish architect Patricia Urquiola. “My goal was to create an original and distinctive concept,” says Urquiola, “a Venetian ‘mansion,’ deeply linked to the history of the city with fine woods, rich textiles, colors, finishes and Murano glass; each decorative, architectural and lighting element is the result of the skillful hands of skilled craftsmen who combine the passion for their work with the secrets and techniques of Venetian tradition.”

The Ca’ di Dio’s accommodations comprise 57 suites and nine Deluxe rooms, spread over three floors. Ten suites have a unique view of the lagoon and San Giorgio Maggiore Island; two of the suites have a large roof terrace overlooking the San Marco Basin.

Two internal courtyards are home to the hotel’s Alchemia Bar and the Essentia Restaurant, whose design combines Venetian tradition with Urquiola’s contemporary signature. The hotel’s indoor-outdoor VE-RO Restaurant overlooks the breathtaking Venetian lagoon. Named for its Venetian roots, its cuisine is inspired by traditional dishes of the Veneto, reset in contemporary tones, respecting the seasonality of fish and produce. Many of the ingredients will come from the Ca’ di Dio’s vegetable garden secreted within yet another internal courtyard.

The Ca’ di Dio will offer a state-of-the-art wellness program in its Spa Pura, and will welcome small meetings and events. The colors and comfort of the reading room provide the ideal location for contemplation. The hotel’s elegant boutique will offer a selection of Murano glass produced exclusively for the Ca ‘di Dio. The hotel’s side canal entrance provides direct docking for water taxis and the hotel’s water-transfer cruisers.

The opening of the Ca’ di Dio coincides with a new reclaimed future for the city of Venice. “I was in the city in October when the Acqua Alta threatened the customary flooding of the city,” says Weill, “and for the first time, the lagoon’s new high-tech water barriers were set in motion, saving the city’s treasures from the customary flooding.”

The Venice Biennale 2021 has been postponed to 2022 because of Covid-19. The Venice Architecture Biennale, is now slated for May 22, 2021 to November 22, 2021.
Full details of the new Hotel Ca’ di Dio are at https://www.lifestyle-voihotels.com/en/ca-di-dio/and will be expanded in coming weeks.

Ten European teams selected for the Helsinki Energy challenge

Ten European teams selected for Helsinki Energy Challenge

Ten teams have been selected for the final phase of the Helsinki Energy Challenge. The finalist teams highlight the international and interdisciplinary nature of the participants. They have a wide variety of proposals for how Helsinki can phase out the use of coal for heat production in the most sustainable way possible by 2029. Next, the competition is advancing into the co-creation phase.

In the 252 teams taking part in the Helsinki Energy Challenge, there were 1,528 experts and innovators from across the globe designing potential solutions to the challenge of decarbonising the heating of Helsinki.

The ten proposals selected to advance consist of a diverse set of solutions that have significant potential for further development in the coming phase. Many of the suggested solutions are also scalable to the needs of other cities. Included in the race are several wide-ranging comprehensive solutions, some of which find new ways to combine technologies that are already in use. There are also competition entries that include entirely new technologies. Among the solutions are new approaches to heat storage and transfer, waste heat utilization, energy consumption control and consumer activation. Included are also some non-technological innovations that enable the realisation of future sustainable solutions and the combination of centralised and decentralised solutions.

“I launched the Helsinki Energy Challenge to bring the world’s best talent together to consider solutions to Helsinki’s heating challenge. The competition has sparked conversation around the topic on a global scale. It has succeeded in combining wide-ranging international expertise and ambitious problem solving, and we are certain that this collision of different competences will generate new ways of thinking in the future as well. Our challenge competition has strong international support from different organizations and from several of my fellow Mayors, and we will be working together to make sure the solutions that are created are put to use as broadly as possible. Every city must do their part in the fight against global climate change,” says Mayor of Helsinki Jan Vapaavuori.

The teams are interdisciplinary and international

The teams that have advanced to the final phase are each made up of 3–20 members and together include 85 experts from a diverse set of fields. The finalists include, and are primarily made up of combinations of, start-ups, large companies, research institutes and universities, as well as international consortia made up of various companies.

The finalist teams represent excellence and a credible combination of various expertise, making them capable of elevating their competing proposals to the next level in the final phase of the competition.

The finalist teams are all European. The selected teams represent organizations from Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Hungary, Austria and France. Most of the teams include experts and organizations from more than one country.

“When you consider that we received such a large number of proposals and that the competing teams included 1,528 experts from different backgrounds and countries around the world, it becomes clear that the competition includes a very wide range of different solutions. Evaluating these solutions has been more difficult than expected. However, the hard part is now behind us, and the competition is advancing to the next, even more interesting phase.Currently, the teams’ solutions are only provisional proposals, and each team will receive support and additional information to further develop their proposal in the co-creation phase. We are looking forward to seeing what the finalist teams’ final proposals will look like. They have some impressive and diverse expertise on display, so we are going in with high expectations,” says Project Director Laura Uuttu-Deschryvere.

The co-creation phase begins

The teams selected for the finals are invited to the co-creation phase, during which they will receive support for further development of their solution and additional information to enable them to tailor their idea to the context of Helsinki. At the centre of the co-creation phase is the boot camp in December.

An international panel of judges will evaluate the final competition proposals at the beginning of 2021, and the winner of the competition will be announced in March 2021. The proposals will be evaluated on the basis of their climate impact, impact on natural resources, cost impact, implementation schedule and feasibility, security of supply and capacity. The City of Helsinki has committed to openly sharing the lessons and results of the competition to allow other cities to use them in their own climate work.

Proposals submitted in the first phase of the competition included also a large variety of other ideas and concepts that did not reach the finals but which the City of Helsinki intends to highlight during the competition process too. The 252 submissions included ideas in which solving the challenge is “gamified”, new solutions for the utilization of different heat sources, new market and business models, heat storage solutions, decentralized heat production models, new technologies such as small modular reactors (SMR), and hydrogen based solutions.

Cities have a key role – the COVID-19 pandemic will not stop Helsinki’s climate work

Climate change is the biggest challenge of our time, and cities have a decisive role in mitigating it. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Helsinki keeps investing heavily in its climate work. The climate crisis has not been cancelled and the City of Helsinki is working its way towards a carbon neutral Helsinki by 2035. At the moment, more than half of Helsinki’s direct carbon dioxide emissions originate from heating the city. This is why finding a sustainable heating solution will have a critical impact on achieving the City’s carbon neutrality goal. Currently, more than half of Helsinki’s heating energy is produced with coal, the use of which will have to stop by 2029. Helsinki wants to find long-term sustainable solutions, which is why it does not want to replace the use of coal with biomass-fired production.

Helsinki wants to find long-term sustainable solutions to heat the city in the future and to act as a platform for new and innovative solutions that also other cities around the world can benefit from. For this purpose, it opened the international Helsinki Energy Challenge competition on 27 February 2020. The competition seeks solutions through which the city can be heated sustainably in the coming decades – without coal and with as little biomass as possible. The competition’s first prize is one million euros.

Top 7 Spots to Visit in London

Have you ever thought of touring the world? Then the great city of London is one good destination with numerous recreational Facilities that will suit your eyes ranging from historical sights to nice restaurants offering a variety of delicacies. Among the most attractive features of London City is a nice gambling environment including numerous land-based casinos and betting at horse races without GamStop that has raised the standards of many of the casinos around. 

Gambling is one of the most appreciated activities in the entire Europe especially to the youth and the middle-aged persons. I have selected a list of 7 nice spots you can choose to visit and enjoy the interesting feeling of London City. Most of the London landmarks are free to visit with others having discounted fee and alternatively use the London pass. You can use the London attraction map to find all these sites and enjoy a ride around the city.

The View from the Shard

This is the tallest building and it is approximately twice the size of the second tallest building in the city. The building stands high tall like a giant with a height of about 1,000 Ft. high offering you a clear view of the whole city of London. 

You will enjoy a number of fast lifts which take you to the top for the magnificent view from the Shard. At this very point, you will be able to have a number of enticing sights to catch, get the beauty and entire view of London attraction and the ever amazing London Bridge.

British Museum

Discover two millions of human history and culture among many exhibitions by simply booking a ticket to the Museum for more insight about this life. 

You will be required to book online so as to avoid the endless queue at the entrance of the iconic museum. You will equally meet a variety of cultures of tourists who have come from all corners of the world just to pay a visit to this historic monument.

Madame Tussauds

Do you need a little mingling with the royalties? Then Madame Tussauds is the right place for you while in lockdown. The unit has 14 interactive areas where you can easily refresh from the daily tiresome jam on the roads and uncontrolled noise. 

Experience the beauty of the red carpet and exclusive celebrities including top football players and great sports personalities like the famous Usain Bolt and David Beckham among many more. Much pleasure is felt at the presence of the Queen, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge together with a number of music icons who make an effort of doing their job well.

Aspers Stratford

This is the biggest legendary and one of the best London’s casinos named after the infamous John Aspinall who started up the legendary Clermont Casino in the early ’60s. This one of the casual casinos which is cheap with as low as £15 as the least wagering requirement making it that popular. 

The casino which stands on a 65,000 square feet of gaming having 40 Roulette and Blackjack tables, 92 electronic terminals, a 150 seat poker comfortable poker room. The place has been well customized with two more bars having a betting facility and a total of 150 slot games.

Sea Life London

The SEA LIFE London aquarium is the largest home of marine creatures in the entire city. The aquarium has over 350 of the marine species collected from all the major environments globally. This amazing feature has a number of marvels of the marine world including preservation. Like the seashores, octopus, zebra sharks and the clownfish. To access enough information before reaching the place is important.. Here, you will be able to get more information about SEA LIFE London.

ZSL London Zoo

London has the excitement of different nature, animals at this zoo include penguins, giraffes, meerkats, reptiles and gorillas among many including the snake family. Here, more than 750 species of animals are comfortably co-existing more are yet to be discovered. The charming experience with the den of lions and family of gorillas moving from place to place is so exciting for one to miss.

London Dungeon

Enjoy the thrilling experience of the ancient historic actors of the times. This is where you will get London’s dark past that needs a lot of brevity to withstand the fear. We have thrilling rides and other exciting special effects. The place has a fast-tracking entry with a priority entrance and opens for 7 days a week except for Christmas Day.

Conclusion

To get a clear picture of the London city you are advised to carefully go through the London attraction map to familiarize with the place well. This together with a well-planned travelling plan you are sure to enjoy your trip.

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Visit Sweden’s Healing Through Nature

Lockdowns, isolation, and working from home have caused elevated levels of stress for many people: 45% of Americans say they experience anxiety because of the pandemic, according to a UN report. But there are ways to alleviate the stress. Research shows that spending time in nature lowers stress levels – one of the many benefits of grabbing a few minutes to enjoy some greenery or planning a getaway in the great outdoors.

The positive effects were tested through Visit Sweden’s very own initiative, “The 72-Hour Cabin.” With participants from major cities who had demanding jobs, participants were examined before and after spending three consecutive days in the Swedish countryside where they slept in glass cabins next to water. The study proved that being outdoors surrounded only by nature dramatically reduced negative emotions and lowered stress levels.

In Sweden, 70% of the country is covered with forest, and nature is easy to reach, with open fields and meadows, old-growth forests, quiet lakes, miles of coastlines, and thousands of islands. Swedes have a unique Freedom to Roam, The Right of Public Access (‘Allemansrätt’), which maintains that everyone has the right to walk, cycle, ride, ski and camp on any land. With this, it is no wonder Swedes maintain an unusually close relationship to nature and draw from the healing power of spending time outside.

“Natural environments are an important resource for meeting the health challenges in our society. Research shows that time spent outdoors reduces negative emotions and stress, and promotes positive emotions, mental recovery, and performance,” says Cecilia Stenfors, a researcher at the Aging Research Center at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, and the University of Chicago, USA.

As nature experiences are an effective way to provide a bit of normality after months of pandemic-related stress, anxiety, and loneliness. Below are five ways to incorporate a bit of green in your life, as illustrated by the Swedes:

  • You only need twenty minutes in nature to reduce stress, so there is no excuse not to pop outside for a few moments, even a lunch time walk will help clear your mind.
  • Boost your mental health by taking your meal outside. Swedes dine al fresco nearly all year round and enjoy foraging in nature’s own pantry. For inspiration, check out Visit Sweden’s outdoor dining and do-it-yourself cooking concept, Edible Country.
  • Enjoy outdoor activities like the Swedes with cooking, hiking, canoeing, and mountain biking, all of which have proven long-lasting effects on their well-being.
  • According to a meta-analysis from the University of East Anglia, published in Environmental Research, nature can lower your blood pressure, cortisol, and heart rate. For those living in cities, even surrounding yourself with indoor plants or even gazing at pictures or videos of nature can be soothing. 
  • When the time is right, book a trip to enjoy Sweden’s lush landscape and stay high up in the Tree Hotel, or experience a glass cabin, house boat, or maybe even a lighthouse.