Paul Connolly and Donna Richmond
Paul Connolly and Donna Richmond
Two summers ago my girlfriend Donna nearly died. She collapsed in North Dakota, USA, and underwent emergency neurological and cardiac surgery. She was in hospital for a month. When we returned to the UK we were both changed people. At the time of the accident we were both senior editorial executives on UK national newspapers. Suddenly, working 10-12 hour days to further our ascent of the greasy pole of UK journalism did not seem very important. Indeed it seemed faintly ridiculous. We were not in a position to enjoy the rewards that our hard work was providing. We weren't even really enjoying our work. It was time for a change.
Last autumn, we visited Sweden on our first holiday since the accident. We loved the north. We loved the space, the light and the landscape. There was an otherness about northern Sweden that we found bewitching. It was somewhere we thought we could live. We checked the house prices and were more than pleasantly surprised. We could sell our house in the UK and buy a house outright in northern Sweden. During our initial research we came across the Future Jokkmokk website. I e-mailed the website and received an almost instant response from David Carpenter. When we returned to the UK we stayed in touch. David, and his wife Kerstin, were endlessly patient when it came to dealing with our bottomless pit of questions. Our every niggle and worry would usually result in an e-mail to David. He always answered swiftly, courteously and, most importantly, informatively. Even if he couldn't provide a definitive answer he always offered us context in which to frame an approach to a problem. Having someone who had moved to Sweden at the other end of an e-mail was immensely reassuring.
I'm almost certain that without the Carpenters' support and advice we would probably have found the whole process too daunting and given it up as an impossible dream. Instead I write this looking out over the deep blue lake that laps at the edge of our new northern Swedish property. It is no exaggeration to say that the Carpenters played a vital role in us achieving our dream of a more simple life.
Thanks David and Kerstin.
Gregory Dalrymple-White & Antonia Doyle
We are due to return to the UK tomorrow for about six weeks. Our stay has been incredibly successful, we have achieved all of our aims, and more! With your help we have been able to start the process of purchasing a house, begin to start a business and make some good friends, all within only three weeks!
Having the support of Future Jokkmokk on hand has given us both a great sense of relief and without having found the website initially, we doubt we would have been able to make it this far. The help we recieved in looking at houses and the advice offered was of great significance and has been helpful beyond our most ambitious expectations. We cannot state enough how thankful we are for your support.
We hope you may be able to continue to help others for many years to come.
Luis Soto Villalta
Thank you for all your help and support. Now we have an apartment and I am working in my new company making Spanish sausages in the Jokkmokks Korv factory. Thank you again.
Muchas gracias amigo!
Andrew and Jane Collingridge
It was great to catch up with you again. Thank you again for all your help. We have found the perfect house for us to retire in! We love visiting Lapland, but it is becoming harder and harder to go back to the UK each time we visit. Maybe we have to move here sooner!
Maciek and Monika Stawiki
Thank you so much for you help this year! Just to let you know that we landed two 11kg pike last week. We can't wait to retire here. It is so peaceful and the people are so nice and friendly.
Frank and Lyn Gold
Thank you so much for all your help these last couple of years. Settling in has been a great experience, but not without its ups and downs. It has been great knowing we can pick up the phone and ask for help whenever we need it. We have made some great new friends and love our new lifestyle. The only real problem we have is relatives visiting and staying too long!
Daria and Krzysztof Nowakowscy
Hello from Poland.
We are Daria and Krzysztof Nowakowscy from Poland. Together with our son Kacper we are planning to move to Lapland for several years. We are fascinated with its magic and beauty. Life in Lapland is our biggest dream :) Looking for information about Lapland on the Internet, we have found your great website.
You have a superior webmaster. Well written, well illustrated, truly informative--I thank you.
Many thanks for meeting up with us last week, we found it really helpful, and now that we are back home we have definitely made the decision to move to Jokkmokk, which is a huge step I know, but one that we really want to do.
Stephen Pax Leonard
Many thanks for getting back to me. Firstly, congratulations on a fantastic website. I have been checking it on and off for about a year and a half, or at least ever since I couched the idea of buying a property in northern Sweden. It is extremely helpful.
Thank you very much for your very informative and nice site. It is unusual thing to receive complete set of services from the first request.
With best regards,
We have seen the website offering support to families to establish residence in Jokkmokk and this has been one of the reasons why we opted for this city. Your cooperation is very important to us at this time.
Again thank you all the assistance you provide.
First I want to thank you for help again. You help me a lot when nobody else can help. The links are very valuable
Thank you for your reply, information and advice. Very much appreciated.
We remember our trip to Jokkmokk like something very bright and light. It was as thought we had a breath of fresh air in our everyday life.
I've just found your website and it is what I was looking for something like this for a very long time. It's because my dream is to move to Sweden with my family and start our new live in this amazing country.