The “granny bus” offers the elderly a ride to the grocery store in Lapland

When the nearest grocery store is 20-40 kilometres away and you don’t have a car, what to do? To the rescue retailer brothers Juhani and Reino Rinne, who for the past 45 years have been offering their elderly customers in rural Lapland lifts to the store in what is jokingly referred to as the “granny bus”.

The bus takes customers to K-Market Rinne and back twice a week, free of charge. According to nephew Mats Rinne, himself the retailer of K-Supermarket Ounasvaara, the bus serves an important function for the customers and their wellbeing: not only are they able to go shopping for groceries, but on the ride over they have a chance to meet and catch up with each other.

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