Sweden has been experimenting with six-hour days, with workers getting the chance to work fewer hours on full pay, but now the most high-profile two-year trial has ended - has it all been too good to be true?
Sweden may have a global reputation as one of world's most gender equal societies but when it comes to female representation in business, campaigners question whether the Nordic nation is right to keep basking in the spotlight, as progress slows down back home.
The fortunes of bakeries are on the up thanks to a batch of hands-on entrepreneurs. Their products are also enriching the lives of urban communities by bringing neighbours together for a slice of the action.
Quality of life is paramount. New parents are given 480 days of leave to look after their infants and childcare is heavily subsidised. Little wonder that Sweden has been rated the best location for family life.
Belgium invented the praline in 1912 and soon became known for making the best chocolates in the world. But 100 years on, the supremacy of local chocolatiers is under threat from international competition.
Oslo's image is one of Viking history, snowy forests and fish and oil industries. But Norway's largest city is Europe's fastest-growing capital and it is undergoing its biggest and most controversial makeover since the 17th Century.
Scandinavian cooking has been taking the world by storm and the town of Roros provides some of its most highly prized ingredients. But its refusal to sell them on the world market means only very few will ever get to taste them.
Swedish food sales in the UK have risen by almost 30% in the past five years, with Norway and Denmark also reporting an increase in exports destined for our dining tables. So why is Scandinavian cuisine getting so popular here?
International media have gone crazy for the idea that Swedish employers are introducing a six-hour work day, but for most workers living in the Nordic nation, the hype has little to do with the reality.
When the sun comes out, Sweden's capital undergoes a rapid transformation as outdoor bar areas spring open and the city's residents get a boost of energy after the harsh Nordic winter. So where can you guarantee a cool atmosphere as temperatures rise?
Umeå in northern Sweden has just a few hours of light a day during December and a high school in the city has become the first in the country to use solar power to give students light therapy during lessons.
It's the time of year when the sun never sets in the far north of Sweden and even the capital doesn't get dark until gone 10pm. But after a sun-starved winter, why are Swedish residents moaning that it's too light at night?
Portable toilets, muddy fields and huge crowds might not sound like the ideal ingredients for a family outing. But growing numbers of music festivals are finding new ways to appeal to parents and children.