I lived in Norway for 22 years, and moved to Alfreton one year ago.
There seems to be an idea that Scandinavia is a wonderful place to live. I would contradict that - Alfreton is better! It is people that make the difference.
Norwegians in the east of the country are rude and unfriendly - I lived in a village and travelled to work on the same train every day - it took ten years before anyone would even nod at me. They try to get on public transport before others get off.
The scenery may be spectacular but it is not unique -look at the west coast of Scotland. It is very expensive to live there. They have the same problems with an aging population - and the standard of care in nursing homes and out in the community is no better.
It was delightful to come to a place where people are friendly and polite. There are groups to join - U3A, WI and many more. Alfreton has some pearls - St Martin’s Church and the old Congregational church in Church Street are both mentioned in Pevsner.
The unique milestone at the top of King St, the House of Confinement. And as icing on the cake all the local small businesses who are so professional.
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