The dollar has actually strengthened against the Euro since 2008. http://www.xe.com/currencycharts/?from=USD&to=EUR&view=10Yz=l&q=l&c=&ql=1 The dollar has weakened against the Krona, but it's at similar levels as tours past. http://www.xe.com/currencycharts/?from=USD&to=SEK&view=10Y As to your other points, I think you're 100% correct. Travel expenses alone probably make it pointless, if not a money losing venture. Then there's the visa process, etc. But other bands from the same region still come here. Insomnium, Katatonia, Swallow the Sun, for example, were all here in the last two years. So my fingers are crossed even though I've learned to take Niklas' statements on Twitter about possible NA tours with a grain of salt.