Preservation and Innovation

Walking through Stockholm, the center of one of the most innovative cultures in the world, I was surprised to see the impeccable preservation of the buildings and the historical landmarks. Old Town Stockholm’s narrow cobblestone streets took me back to the 16th century, and the cafés and shops lining the streets embraced their history while adding a modern feel to the environment. Soldiers stood guard outside of the palace, traditionally still and serious, with the exception of one leaning down to speak into his radio. Every aspect of the city embraced both the old and the new, a relationship that reflects Sweden’s culture of preservation and innovation. During this trip I hope to explore how businesses in Sweden have integrated their historical culture and inherent values into a progressive new world.