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Isolated state

— Sweden


On a trip to the northern Swedish archipelago, with just a few essentials, Monocle discovers an island bolthole perfect for recharging depleted batteries.

Interior design, Island, holiday, retreat

Crossing water has the transformative power to wash away stress. Skimming across the waves in a small boat, the brackish breeze blows ­not just your hair into an unruly tangle, but all worries of work and home life far away too. Such is the first joy of having a bolthole on an island in the northern Swedish archipelago.

Leaving life behind on the mainland pier, you take with you just the barest necessities needed for a few days – groceries, a good selection of wine, clothes for lounging and a stack of new magazines. Though the crossing is just 10…


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