High coast/Kvarken Archipelago: the Swedish side

I'm in Sweden today. That is, not today, in the corona summer of 2020, but in the summer of 2015. You see, I've finally dug out my notes on this transnational natural world heritage site, and this is what I wrote 5 years ago. -------------------------------------- [...]

Naval Port of Karlskrona

Present-day Sweden has about 10 mill inhabitants, just over 1% of Europe's population. But back in the 17th and 18th centuries, this little country was an empire, ruling a rather large part of Europe. Around the Baltic, you can still see markers of the Swedish [...]

World at a Glance: Grimeton Radio Station, world heritage with global reach (Day out Gothenburg)

Spot the mast behind the building? It's incredibly tall, completely dwarfing the trees around it.   Tomorrow - Friday 13 February 2015 - is World Radio Day; what better time to tell you about Grimeton Radio Station, one of the more curious UNESCO [...]

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. A final greeting from Sweden this time: cool [...]

2021-05-27T18:55:28+01:0013 August 2014|Road trips, Sweden, UNESCO World Heritage|

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 [...]

2021-05-27T18:52:34+01:009 February 2014|Islands, Sweden, UNESCO World Heritage|

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 [...]

2021-05-27T18:55:48+01:002 February 2014|Road trips, Sweden, UNESCO World Heritage|

Swedish Heritage Sunday: Tanum rock carvings (Day out Oslo)

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 [...]

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