Karl and Rose Wright from the Pacific Northwest in the USA have done what you could call ‘a reverse journey of emigration. After living most of their lives in cities and doing nine to five office jobs, they suddenly found themselves longing for a life in the countryside. In their search for the perfect place to live with their family, and a heard of sheep, they decided to move to Finland, back to the lands that Karl’s grandfather once had left in search for a new beginning in the USA. Together with four of their five children, Karl and Rose packed all their belongings and moved to Petalax, a small village in the Swedish-speaking Ostrobothnian countryside in western Finland. In our conversation, we talk about the reasons behind their decision to the leave the United States and what it signifies to become a sheep farmer from abroad in a place like Petalax.
Photo: Sebastián Fuentes
Editing: Tommi Ranta
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