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The 72 Hour Cabin. Foto: Maja Flink, Henriksholm, Dalsland in West Sweden

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The 72 Hour Cabin

The Swedish quality of life is famously high-ranking. What’s the secret? A new case-study will investigate the effects on health of living in Swedish nature. What if it could make us feel better – and in only 72 hours?

To find out, Sweden is launching ‘The 72 Hour Cabin’. For three days, five people with some of the most stressful jobs will experience the Swedish 'close to nature' lifestyle, whilst their well-being is measured by leading researchers. During the study, the participants will stay in custom-built cabins made of glass to be as close to nature as possible.

The aim of the project is to explore the effects of the unique relationship Swedes have with nature – and to invite the world to experience it too.

The case-study has been developed with two leading researchers, Walter Osika and Cecilia Stenfors, from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, one of the world’s foremost medical universities. The results of the study will be presented in October.

Read more about why Swedes have such a close bond with nature here.



Meet the participants

Ben Fogle - a broadcaster from London

As a broadcaster, my life is in perpetual motion. I'm always moving. On a train, plane, bus, car, boat, taxi, bike, or on my feet. I am hoping the 72 hour cabin will help me destress and unwind from my frenetic travels. 

Read more about Ben's expectations

Ben Fogle - a broadcaster from London and a participant in 'the 72 Hour Cabin'
Photo: Magnus Klang
Marilyne Didier - a taxi driver from Paris

I work close to the Gare du Nord in Paris where there are a lot of people and traffic jams. Every day I meet drivers who are antisocial and unpredictable on the road, people who don't really know how to drive properly.

I look forward to discovering a new environment, a new landscape and new people. 

Read more about Marilyne's expectations

Henriksholm in Dalsland, Sweden
Henriksholm in Dalsland, Sweden
Henriksholm in Dalsland, Sweden
Marilyne Didier - a taxi driver from Paris and a participant in 'the 72 Hour Cabin'
Photo: Magnus Klang
Baqer Keshwani - an event co-ordinator from New York

As an event co-ordinator, my personal time and working hours are always intertwined. It is my responsibility to be on standby 24/7, but sometimes I am so overwhelmed by work that I don’t have enough time for myself.

I am excited to experience the purity of the nature.

Read more about Baqer's expectations

Baqer Keshwani - an event co-ordinator from New York and a participant in 'the 72 Hour Cabin'
Photo: Magnus Klang
Steffi Tauscher - a police officer from Munich

Not knowing what will happen during the shift is a stressful part of the job. If there is an operation, I have to give a hundred percent from one second to the next.

I am looking forward to calming down in a surrounding that I do not know.

Read more about Steffi's expectations

Steffi Tauscher - a police officer from Munich and a participant in 'the 72 Hour Cabin'
Photo: Magnus Klang
Chris Leadbeater - a journalist from London

I live in London, with all the issues that come from being in a big city – too much traffic, lots of people, transport delays etc.

Read more about Chris' expectations

Chris Leadbeater - a journalist from London and a participant in 'the 72 Hour Cabin'
Photo: Magnus Klang

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