Rally Sweden entry list has been published.
Sad state of the affairs is that there's only 52 cars participating.
Since 2010, when Rally Sweden stopped the tiny alternating WRC round with Norway. 2010 (55), 2018 (66) and 2019 (61) is the only years with more entrants. In fact, a majority of the years it was under 50 cars. With 2014 being the worst year, with only 39 cars entered. So it's not a bad year in terms of entrants.
What's more striking is the lack of interest in the event from Norwegians and Swedes. It points to the rally being far away from the vast majority of the ones who does rally in both countries. In 2020 there was a couple of Norwegians, and 7 "local Swedes" participating, but it was a year where there was talk about Covid already, and not much snow at all.
In 2019, a year with proper snow and no risk of cancellations, there were a couple of extra Norwegians there, but 17 "local Swedes".
In fact, this year there are more Japanese entrants than Swedes. And there are more Spanish drivers than Norwegians and Swedes combined!
This might be what makes it hard to run Rally Sweden up in Umeå for a long time, especially if they lose JWRC some time in the future. It's less accomodation, more expensive, and thus less interesting for locals to bring their sponsors and partners to the event as a showoff.
There's a lot more hotels and cabins in between Elverum - Arvika - Karlstad - Torsby than it is up north. Just way more accessible.
It's actually going to be interesting to see the European Championship "Royal Rally of Scandinavia", that are likely to use much of the WRC-roads from "old"/"classic" Rally Sweden, but during summer. Summertime Colins Crest?