More on Sweden.
One of the main reasons I mentioned Esaias Tegner, was the fact that Wikipedia had him attributing Sweden's population increase in the 18th and 19th centuries as due to, "the peace, the (smallpox) vaccine, and the potatoes." In one hundred years the population doubled. Apparently, this taxed Sweden's capacity to feed and service such growth, so over a million people moved to America, in the last hundred years. Ten percent in the 1880's. God, that just doesn't seem possible. I used to hear that more Polish people used to live in Chicago, than in Warsaw, Poland. I learned this from a taxi driver in Chicago, visiting there with my parents. Wikipedia says that more Swedish people lived in Chicago in the early 20th century, than in Gothenburg, Sweden's second largest city. Of course, most of the Swedes populated Minnesota (which nobody is confused about, since Minnesota enjoys surely the most sensible populace in in Middle West, USA. Go there some time.
How lovely that the farmers of Sweden were never part of Feudalism. How is that possible? Something in the Swedish character. So, farmers have always had more power there, then in many other places. The Centre Party, in Sweden. began as the Agrarian party. As to whether they fight for causes I believe in, I couldn't say. But they have a strange history, when you consider peasant folk elsewhere.
It was surprising to me that Swede's did not learn of their countries true ties to America, and the American nuclear arsenal, until 1994. But every country has secrets. I can't believe to this day, the attitude that many people have toward Administration's in America's recent past (Reagan, the Bush's and Clinton), who blatantly violated the Spirit of my countries people. You can accuse. You can defend. But at the end of the day: what is it you believe in? Taking over governments? Protecting the rich? Giving no choice to a people? That's not America, always. But it sure as hell is America, sometimes. The people lead. And the truth, might be powerful. But we won't look. But for the rockets red glare.
During the Cold War, Sweden was so surrounded by states under Russian influence that it astounds me to imagine what it must have been like. Germany, Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. None of those countries. really remind me of Sweden. But all have been occluded by the Iron Curtain. Very curious.
I'm fascinated by the names of Sweden's version of "states" like Indiana, where I live, and which I mention constantly. Sweden's provinces serve no political purpose. I sometimes wish the same could be said about the US. But that's not likely to happen. Just read the beautiful place names of Sweden's "landscapes", it's landskap: Bohuslan, Dalarna, Blekinge, Gotland, Dalsland, Halland, Gastrikland, Harjedalen, Halsingland, Lapland, Jamtland, Norrbotten, Medelpad, Skane, Narke, Sodermanland, Smaland, Uppland (the name, more or less, of one of our local breweries, in Bloomington), Varmland, Vastmanland, Vastergotland, Vasterbotten, Oland, Angermanland, Ostergotland. Jeez, there are a few AngerManLand's in the USA. Lot's of anger men.
Beautiful names, and great meaning to millions of people. It throws light into my imagination, to just think about the warmth that identity brings human beings. I love my Indiana, as some love their Oland.
I was surprised at how warm Sweden is for its latitude. And Stockholm's daylight lasts more than 18 hours in late June! Jesus. I guess curtains are pretty good business in Stockhom. Six hours of daylight in December. "I'm sleeping in," must surely mean, you welcome the dark. In Indiana, we complain about 10 hours of daylight. Six hours of light....
Apparently nighttime in Stockholm is always between half and .33% as cold as the day. Here in Indiana, the night is frequently, only a tiny bit colder than the day. Certainly only rarely is the difference fifty percent.
Sweden is a very interesting place. I plan to actually read a book in the near future about it. So I hope my overview of what I gleaned on the web, celebrates it enough for now.