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8 Instagrams from Arctic Sweden

A visit in Arctic Sweden will likely begin in Luleå, one the biggest cities in the region. Luleå isn’t uninteresting in itself, with more than 100 cafes and restaurants, a pretty cityscape and some unusual street art. But I’m here to have a closer look at the Laponia region (the Latin name for the Sami […]

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Swedish Heritage Sunday: Hanseatic Visby, Gotland

This is the 6th and final part of Swedish Heritage Sunday, a weekly series here on Sophie’s World this winter. For the last chapter, I’ve a real treat for you. Read on. Gotland – it’s all about Pippi Longstocking. And horses. Or, at least, if you have a young daughter, that’s what she will tell […]

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Swedish Heritage Sunday: Falun Mining Area

Falun mining area… sounds a bit gloomy, doesn’t it? Imagine working 67 metres underground all day, crawling through dark, narrow passageways, soot in the face, and simple living conditions, to say the least. Yes, there is indeed that. Or rather, was. Falun copper mine closed the mine shafts in 1992, after being in operation for […]

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Swedish Heritage Sunday: Tanum rock carvings

Rock carvings are prolific in Scandinavia. Our prehistoric forebears must have been particularly eager to express themselves. You’ll find them everyhwhere, and often very well preserved. In fact, there’s a large moose carving not far from my home, next to a playground. But two of the petroglyph sites are apparently more interesting than the rest. […]

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Swedish Heritage Sunday: Hovgården

In the west, the word Viking usually bring to mind Norsemen heading west and leaving their marks on Ireland and England, such as the city of York, once known as Jorvik, a very Norwegian name indeed. They colonised Iceland and Greenland, and were even the first Europeans to discover North America. The Swedish Vikings are […]

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Swedish Heritage Sunday: Engelsberg Ironworks

Continuing my UNESCO road trip in Sweden last August, here’s one heritage site I had never heard of until the day before I was there. Love that. Engelsberg Ironworks, or Engelsberg Bruk in Swedish, is one of the industrial heritage sites. Unlike Røros in Norway, Ironbridge in England, or, for that matter, Falun just north […]

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Swedish Heritage Sunday: Drottningholm Palace

During the holidays in August, I had time to kill while Cat was off on one of her many riding camps. What better than to indulge in yet another solo road trip? Travelling is so easy in summer. There I was, driving along, and before I knew it, it was 10pm. But it didn’t matter; […]

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