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Hoppy, one specific European (and English speaking) BB to which you can post your question is http://www.ybw.com/cgi-bin/forums/wwwthreads.pl as this is the Practical Boat Owner/Yachting Monthly forum.
A second, far more distant source would be the UK''s Hallberg-Rassy owners assn. as many of these folks are somewhat knowlegeable about the variety of Swedish and Baltic-based boat builders. They are at http://www.hroa.co.uk/discus/
Perhaps our general view of boat building has been unavoidably altered by these huge accummulations of C''s, B''s and H''s plus a sizeable smattering of J''s and IP''s we see at the boat shows. Much like New England, most boat building in Scandianvia and the coastal Baltic is done by small builders, each of whom must solve the infinite # of design and construction issues in ways with which they are familiar and which tradition suggests and, to the extent they have it, new technology provides for. IOW there can be much variability involved in boat building. I find it pretty fascinating to see how specialty knowledge, over time, evolves into a cottage industry within an industry - e.g. the Dutch excel in steel, the English understand the bilge keel underbody, the Belgiums are world leaders in sailboat floatation, and builders in Finland and Sweden excel at joinerwork and ergonomics.
Regrettably, it isn''t wise to generalize and think all (e.g. Swedish) yards produce similar levels of quality or even offer similar design quality. That may explain the comments about the Scanmar above...and it doubly justifies seeking out info from folks closer to where the boat is built.