Bridging the Gap

Öland, Sweden

Öland, Sweden

This postcard of the Swedish island of Öland comes from Sandra, who is from Sweden. At 1,342 km² in size, the island is the second largest island of Sweden and the smallest of the traditional provinces of Sweden. It only has 25 000 people living on it but during the summer months up to 500 000 people visit it. In 1972 a bridge was built across the Kalmar Strait, which is 6 km long and connects Öland to the Swedish mainland. Even though this island has been inhabited since 8000 BC, this is the very first time that I’ve ever heard of it. Thank you Sandra for a great postcard!

 

Borås

Borås, Sweden

Borås, Sweden

This, my first Swedish postcard that is not from Arthur, comes from Sandra. It shows the locality of Borås, which is the seat of the Borås municipality. The city was founded in 1621 by King Gustav II Adolf but has been destroyed by fires four times in its history. Luckily, the Caroli Church, which is the oldest building in Borås, withstood all the blazes. Yet another place I did not know existed, that I now know about. Thank you Sandra!

Stockholm, You Beauty

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

Another awesome postcard from Arthur, who seems to be most proud of his home city of Stockholm. This postcard seems to be a night view of a postcard that Arthur previously sent me. That just goes to show that whether by night or by day, this truly is a spectacularly beautiful city. Like I’ve said on previous occasions, I’m absolutely in love with this city and with Sweden as a whole (or as a friend of mine wrote once: “ass a hole”.) Horrendous grammar and all things lovely about Stockholm aside, I thank you Arthur. Love it loads!

Hundreds & Thousands

Swedish Island

Swedish Island

Arthur from Stockholm, Sweden sent me this postcard of an island off the coast of Sweden. Most of us don’t think of Sweden as an island nation but most of us would clearly be wrong. According to a survey done in 2001, Sweden has a total of 221 800 islands! The size of these islands collectively, do however, take away from the grand impression the sheer number gives you. They are collectively 60500km2. According to EU classification, most of these islands would be considered no more than rocks in the sea. The EU requires that an island be at least 1km2 in size, must be more than 1km from the coast of the mainland, must not be permanently connected to the mainland, must be home to at least 50 people and must not house the capital of an EU nation. Of these great many islands, buildings were found on 7032, which were mostly holiday homes and only 1143 were inhabited islands. Furthermore, only 593 were larger than 1km2. It was after much debate was had about the number of islands that the Swedish National Rural Development Agency came up with their own set of criteria and found that only 576 of the 221 800 islands can actually be considered islands. Interesting hey? You’re welcome!

Sverige Once More

Stockholm

Stockholm

I can always rely on Arthur from Stockholm, Sweden, to send me the most beautiful postcards from his city. He has single-handedly been responsible for filling my collection with the most beautiful postcards from his city. Stockholm is of course the capital of Sweden and has a population of nearly 900 000 people. By the standards of today, that is quite a small population for a city of Stockholm’s infamy. Stockholm was founded somewhere between 1187 and 1250, which gives the city about a 400 year head start on the modern history of my country! Time and time again I have said on this very blog that I would like to see many of the places that I get amazing postcards from but Stockholm has been a dreamy city for me since I was about 10. One day my travels will no longer be so stationary and I will walk these streets and see these amazing places which Arthur has shown me from afar!

Sightly Stockholm

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Stockholm, Sweden

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From Arthur, I receieved 4 of the most amazing postcards from Stockhol, Sweden. It is yet another country that really fascinates me. The 3rd Scandinavian country in my collection, I rank these postcards among my favourites! On these postcards one can see the Old Town, the royal palace and the Swedish government buildings! After having looked at these postcards again, I think I must pack my bags and go to this magical city!