I echo Paul. As far as Sweden is concerned, EMT seems to have gone out at the same time they switched to plastic wires.
As an American you would cringe at the sight of all exposed plastic cable. Sticks of rigid conduit are only used to protect cables where subject to severe mechanical damage. A typical example is the first one or two metres of cable on the outside of a building. (It seems I can't write a grammatically correct sentence to describe it
) Additionally, cables in very public places like railway or underground stations are protected by rigid metal conduit. Often the round conduit is substituted for a U-shaped cover plate that is mounted around the cable.
[This message has been edited by C-H (edited 10-24-2004).]