James Proctor first travelled to West Sweden in 1986 and was smitten with Scandi-mania from the very outset – over the ensuing 30-plus years he's been back and forth ever since. Specialising in the Nordic countries, he has written a total of seven guidebooks, including one to the whole of Sweden as well as Bradt's Faroe Islands and Lapland guides. James speaks fluent Swedish, which Swedes (and most other people) find quite baffling. Searching to understand why, they regularly ask whether he has a Swedish mother or father. Their incredulity only grows when they learn that he learnt Swedish by mistake – beginning when he attended the wrong lecture at university!