Photographer's Note

I have no idea if this man is a Swede who fell on hard times and somehow slipped through the social safety net, or if he is an unfortunate migrant from somewhere in Europe.

Sadly beggars are a fairly common view in Swedish cities. They have become such a normal sight that I would not have bothered to take a photo in a different place. But seeing him sitting outside this shop called Normal I just couldn't resist the temptation.

Actually, the number of beggars seems to have gone down slightly the last couple of years. It may partly be because of Covid-19 which made travelling across borders difficult, but probably more because fewer persons carry any cash. There are estimates that less than 10 percent of Swedes use cash regularly. I haven't touched a banknote or a coin for more than two years.

Normal is a Danish chain of low cost general stores in the Nordic countries, as well as in France and the Netherlands.

In case anyone wonders, "Vrklar", written on the sign above the man, means "Ready for spring" (literally Spring ready). "Alltid billigt" means "Always cheap".

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  • Copyright: Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12558 W: 572 N: 24072] (102774)
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  • Date Taken: 2022-05-10
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