I was born in Malmbäck, outside Nässjö in the county of Småland in Sweden and do therefore belong to all those ”smålännings” who have emigrated from this historicial rather poor area of Sweden. While most inhabitants from Småland emigrated towards the West, i.e. North America, I belong to that very small minority which did choose another direction.

Anyhow, in whatever direction a Smålänning has left his County with its buityful nature the axiom of the writer Albert Engström remains actual up to this day: ”You might take a smålänning out of Småland but never Småland out of the heart of a smålänning”.