Nordman & Syrjälä: From official guidelines to the LL: a comparative look at Covid-19-signs in Helsinki and Stockholm
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Jun 18, 2021
Thank you for your comment Janine. To answer if the different approaches to the pandemic are visible in the data, I would say both yes and no. At a first glance the different strategies are not immediately apparent; for example the signage in local supermarkets has looked pretty much alike in both cities/countries from early on in the pandemic. But there are settings where some differences can be seen, and overall I would say the pandemic and different rules and recommendations are more prominent in the LL of Helsinki. I needed to travel with the metro just the other day and was surprised how little the pandemic was wisible in that particular part of the LL (just some posters on "showing consideration" at the stations and smaller signs reminding to keep distance onboard the trains); especially when compared to the data Lieselott has gathered from Helsinki metro where Covid-regulations are "everywhere". Of course when looking at the contents of the signs more closely, the references to different laws and guidelines reflect the different strategies in various ways. Still, I have been quite surprised how small the differences in the LL are (considering the differences in the approaches - and how they have been highlighted in the media).