Scientific Evidence or Lay People’s Experience? On Risk and Trust with Regard to Modern Environmental Threats

  • Rolf Lidskog


The town was a unique example of social engineering. With substantial resources and good planning, here were realized in a short time a great number of the ideals that had guided, for instance, the creation of the Swedish welfare state. The town was exceptionally well-planned — it was a showpiece with its housing, shops, sports centers, five schools, three swimming pools, pleasure park, 200-room hotel, and guest house for official visitors. Other facilities included a cultural center with a theater, a cinema, and a library. In the rest of the country people languished for long periods on the housing list, but in this town a family could almost immediately obtain a good apartment in one of the 18-storey blocks. There was plenty of food in the stores — in one of them a surprised visitor was able to count 14 different varieties of meat and sausage. There was even a greenhouse so that fresh tomatoes would always be available.


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