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Second home tourism in the light of the historical-political and socio-geographical development of Czechia and Sweden
Department of Social Geography and Regional Development, Charles University, Prague.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social and Economic Geography.
Department of Social Geography and Regional Development, Charles University, Prague.
2011 (English)In: Geografie, ISSN 1212-0014, Vol. 116, no 2, 191-210 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article presents a comparative study of the evolution, present state, location, regulation, trends and perspectives of second home tourism and its research in Czechia and Sweden as examples, respectively, of a Central-European, post-communist and a Nordic country. The results are based on long-term research on second housing at Charles University in Prague and Umea University in Sweden. A broad range of literature, along with extensive personal experience, proves that second housing processes and factors influencing the ownership and location have much in common, regardless of differing historical, socio-economic and political backgrounds. Such processes are related to specific lifestyle and leisure practices in combination with activities in nature as well as stages in the urbanization process. Social and subjective factors prevailed the political (and economic) terms. The Nordic countries exhibit comparable absolute and relative data on second homes, similar schemes of recreational commuting and trends concerning the transformation of second homes into permanent dwellings, or the dissolution of differences between the utilization of both types of homes. Other common features can be found in commercialization and internationalization in recent decades. Changes in second housing should be explored in light of demographic changes in terms of owners and users, tax policies and the development of recreational municipalities. Generally, the trends reflect the changes in mobility with the shift of tourism society toward leisure society.

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2011. Vol. 116, no 2, 191-210 p.
Keyword [en]
second home, tourism, Czechia, Sweden
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-45740OAI: diva2:434597
Available from: 2011-08-15 Created: 2011-08-15 Last updated: 2011-09-20Bibliographically approved

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