"The social democratic government has good diplomatic connections with both the Soviet Union and the US. But even if the public stance is always to never pick a side, it is an open secret that the Swedish military only really sees one obvious enemy: Soviet Russia."
- Should read: "The Social Democratic government has good diplomatic relations with both the Soviet Union and the US. But even if the official stance always is to never pick a side, it is an open secret that the Swedish military, many politicians, and a large part of the population only really see one obvious enemy: the Soviet Union."
"The personal computer can be found in most homes, most often in the form of the Commodore 64."
- That depends on what year one talks about. There were over 3.6 million households in 1985, and some 100,000 C64s were sold in Sweden, making it the most common computer. Still a far cry from "most homes", even if other brands are taken into consideration.
"Going on all inclusive charter vacations becomes a national pastime."
- All inclusive destinations, while not unheard of back then, are a more recent development. Charter tourism had been a thing since at least the 1970's. Vacationing in the 1980's was still either staying in a summer house, going camping in a caravan in Sweden or abroad, or going to the Canary Islands, or Spain, Greece, and other destinations in the Mediterranian.
"VHS tapes of the latest American movies are copied and distributed among friends,"
- Movies appeared on VHS about a year after the theatrical release; the "latest" movies were hard to come by, unless one wanted to watch a poor-quality bootleg. Copying was rather common.
"All kids go to the grundskola (basic school) at the age of seven, and continue for nine years before they go on to two or three years in gymnasiet (college)."
- There was also a four-year course in gymnasiet (making you an engineer).
"The school system is relatively fair and progressive, but echoes of archaic methods from the ‘60s and ‘70s still remain."
- The school curriculum and methods saw a change 1970-71, when a new policy was introduced (Lgr 69), so I would scratch "70's".
"The 18-year-old age minimum for getting a driver’s license make cars a distant fantasy, but as you only need to be 15 to use a moped, this is often the vehicle of choice for cool, older Kids."
- The A-traktor ("EPA-traktor") was an alternative for 15 years olds. It's an old car, shortened and converted, making it able to take two passengers (+ driver), and not going faster than 30 kph (19 mph). More common in rural areas.
"Video stores are popular, but as most families won’t own a VHS player until the mid ‘80s, the rentable moviebox is the solution of choice. This is a VHS player in a sturdy metal box that is rented for a day."
- The moviebox was housed in a sturdy ABS plastic carrying case. Usually, it was activated for 24 hours, after which it had to be returned.
"The location was chosen because of the proximity to the capital, but also because the soil here was considered suitable for constructing an underground facility of this magnitude."
- Shouldn't it be "because the bedrock here"?