Norway has the hytta. Sweden has the sommerhus. Finland has the stuga. Russia has the dacha. New Zealand has the bach. Canada and the United States have cabins. Scotland alone in Northern Latitudes seems to have virtually no hut, cabin or modest second home tradition. Why and does it matter? Journalist and Nordic Horizons Director Lesley Riddoch compared the "hut traditions" of Norway and Scotland. Land campaigner Andy Wightman described hut building Swedish-style. Both explore the land ownership issues that keep urban Scots away from nature.
The full session which was hosted by the Festival of Politics in the Scottish Parliament is available below as an audio podcast. Introduced by the Chair of the Scottish Finnish Society , Mikko Ramstedt, there were good presentations followed by a lively question and answer session. It lasts 96 minutes.