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Fritidsboendets betydelse för den lokala utvecklingen i Ljungdalen-området i Bergs kommun
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Regional Science (CERUM).
2005 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Today tourism represents an important source of income and employment for many sparsely populated municipalities in Sweden. Tourism has become a way to survive when the traditional production system has changed and an another way of earn one's living is needed. When discussing tourism and the way it can develop a region, the impacts of second homes are important to take into consideration.

This study concentrates on second home tourism in the area around Ljungdalen (Ljungdalen, Skärkdalen and Storsjö kapell) in the Swedish mountain range. The aim is to analyse the importance of second home tourism and the influence that second homes have on the local economy and environment in Ljungdalen. This study is mainly based on questionnaire that has been sent to 275 randomly selected second home owners in the area around Ljungdalen.

The outcome of the questionnaire shows that the majority of the second home owners are retired and have owned their houses for a long time. The standard of the houses is varying, but most of the housing conditions are adequate. The respondents visit their second homes mainly during the summer, spring and autumn period and the most popular activities are hiking, skiing and recreation. The second home owners contribute to the local economy by making most of their purchases of local goods and services in the area during the visit in Ljungdalen. Impact on the environment is mostly caused by the second home owners activities (e.g. littering) and by the houses standards (e.g. sewerage). The opinions about how the environment has changed during the 1990s are both positive and negative. The same goes for thoughts about an possible expand of the second homes in the area. Nearly all of the respondents consider that a further tourism development is necessary for the areas survival, but that a development also can lead to an environmental deterioration.

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Umeå: CERUM, Umeå universitet , 2005. , 69 p.
, CERUM Working Paper, ISSN 1404-5362 ; 81
National Category
Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-24651ISBN: 91-7305-902-1OAI: diva2:227007
Erhållit Gösta Skoglunds uppsatspris för bästa C/D-uppsats under 2004. Available from: 2009-07-13 Created: 2009-07-08 Last updated: 2012-03-16Bibliographically approved

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