Since the mass tourism boom of the 1960’s from Sweden to the southern Spanish coast, a Swedish community with diasporic features has been established along Costa del Sol. An infrastructure of schools, churches, grocery store, media outlets, restaurants, bars, various private enterprises, as well as social clubs cater the large amount of Swedish citizens of all ages dwelling on location, whether they are permanent residents, temporary residents, seasonal visitors, or tourists.
In my paper, I will focus on how Swedish citizens residing permanently along Costa del Sol negotiate positions in reference to, on the one hand, the volatile social networks within the community due to constant circulation of people in the area, and on the other, their expressed belonging to Spanish host society. The paper intends to explore the intermediary position and how it is made useful for the permanent residents in forging a linkage between the local diasporic ‘Swedish’ community, at times spoken of with skepticism and ridicule, and the Spanish host society. Thus, the permanent residents are hesitant but stable cornerstones in forging and maintaining a diasporic community, alongside the many institutions addressing a Swedish population, which will be presented in this paper.
TRANSMIG international conference, Stockholm University, November 4-5th, 2010.