It is my number one – and really only – gripe with Sweden.
But then the first real day of spring comes around and it somehow all seems worth it.
In 2012, 88 per cent of all aluminium cans and PET bottles in Sweden were included in the recycling system – not far off the 90 per cent target set by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency.
Today, one per cent of municipal solid waste goes to landfill in Sweden, obviously a very strong figure by international standards.
’ And I have to say the answer is a resounding yes – but don’t expect them all to be tall, blonde and blue-eyed.
When I moved here in 2001 it was a shock to find that most things cost about the same as in the UK.
It’s true that the Swedes aren’t the world’s most outgoing people, but I do feel their reclusiveness has been… I remember my Swedish teacher telling our class of newly arrived immigrants that Swedes living in flats often look through the peephole in their front door before stepping out into the hallway.
This was out of fear of running into a neighbour and having to talk to them.
This kind of depends where you are, because after all Sweden is a long country.
But yes, the winters are too long even right down here at the southern tip.