In 1997, I went on a school trip to Växjö, Sweden, which was part of the extended city friendship programme back in the days. It was my first proper trip to the Western world. In fact, my mum still uses the cheese knife I received as one of the presents from my Swedish hosts. Does this count as a conflict of interest? Nevertheless, a chat with a person that has contributed significantly to the well being of our city in many levels seemed like a proper introduction to the first-ever Scandinavian week in Kaunas. Scheduled for 1–7 April 2019, the week aims to introduce the Scandinavian culture, lifestyle, ways of doing business and beyond to the residents of Kaunas. The embassies and consulates of Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Finland, as well as the sister cities of Kaunas, the Nordic Council and Scandinavian businesses in Kaunas, together with numerous cultural institutions, have all agreed to participate in the events. The week will be full of lectures, performances, movie screenings and beyond. One of the honorary participants of events will be Bo Frank, the Mayor of Växjö Municipality for many years. He is now the President of the City Council. God knows how many trips to Lithuania has the kaunastic Swede made in the past three decades. This time, our chat is focused on Växjö as an exemplary city.
Uncle Bo from Sweden Kotryna Lingienė
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