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Is Stockholm happy to be compared to Brooklyn?

by FFE EU News Staff

 

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Brooklyn is slowly taking over the Hornstull neighbourhood of Stockholm, and not all residents are too happy with the progress. For some, BBC’s video that tries to encapsulate ‘Sweden’s love for Brooklyn’ added fuel to the fire.

 

In the BBC video, publicist Henrik Evrell explains that Stockholm’s love of Brooklyn began when the 2008 financial crisis encouraged Swedes to look at the simple side of life and Brooklyn, New York represented this ideology.

 

One reader of the newspaper Dagens Nyheter however argued that Stockholm’s embrace of Brooklyn is a sign of inferiority complex. Hanna, 34, said ‘Our anally retentive little brother complex… permeates all of Stockholm.

 

‘Hornstull is the finger on the pulse of [Stockholm's little-brother complex].’

 

Other residents of Hornstull said the developments are welcome and should continue. One reader pointed out that the city’s fascination with Brooklyn has more to do with the hipster culture along the L line of the New York Metro and not with Brooklyn at large.

 

One reader of the online daily The Local Sweden on the other hand said there was no ground for comparison between the artsy borough of Brooklyn and the capital city of Sweden. Yet another chose to focus on Stockholm and praised its merits.

 

 

 

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