On the front of the 20 SEK is Nobel Prize-winning Swedish author Selma Lagerlöf, and on its rear side is an illustration from her famous story of Nils Holgerssons wonderful travel through Sweden. Nils Holgersson, a little boy astride on the giant goose tours around his homeland.
This tale introduces the geography, the wildlife and the culture of the country in a very entertaining form and thus it became a part of the standard curriculum of the schools in Sweden for many years.
While this is no longer the case, it remains one of the best-known and loved works of Swedish literature.
By the way, the last chapter of the book introduces Skane and the village Smygehuk, the home of Nils Holgersson.
The city of Malmo dates back to the 13th century - and at that time, it was no more than a few streets around Adelgatan and then on to the shoreline of Oresund.
It became more populated in the 14th century as a result of the traders of the Hanseatic League being located in the city. This resulted in grand merchants houses being built and of course churches. In 1434, the first castle was built - it was home to the Danish Royal Mint.
Following the election of Jorgen Kock, as Mayor of Malmo, a huge degree of expansion took place. This included the city square, Stortorget, and there are many buildings from that time still evident to the visitor.
The city remained Danish until 1658, when it was returned to the Swedish King (Karl X). It became a major commercial centre and it's castle was further developed to protect it's all important trade.
The city square has a large statute of Karl X on horseback. What a guy!
This page is about Skåne Län. But if you are looking for specific info about one of the other counties (läns) you can click on these links. On each of these pages I will give you a description of the county and places worth while visiting.
The Swedish counties from south to north:
Götaland (South Sweden):
Västra Götalands län
Svealand (Central Sweden):
Norrland (North Sweden):
The system in Sweden is rather confusing (I think). So let me make a try to confuse you as well, LOL :-))
Three parts of Sweden
First of all Sweden is often roughly devided in three main parts and Götaland is the south part of the country. On the map you can see these three parts of Sweden.
- Götaland = South Sweden
- Svealand = Central Sweden
- Norrland = North Sweden
These three parts are further devided in several counties ("Läns" in Swedish). In total there are 21 counties of Sweden. VT uses the Län structure of Sweden, so I am using that too here in my travel pages.
But besides these "Läns" people also refer to the different part of Sweden in "Landskap" (=province). In total there are 25 "Landskap" in Sweden. I've noticed that this is a more used system when talking with Swedes and reading travel books.
So what is so confusing?
Län = Landskap --> but not always!!!
The names of Landskap and Län are often almost the same --> but not always!!!
Officially used is the "Län" system, people often still use the "Landskap" system
Luckily this is all very simple for Skåne as the region / Län = province / landskap :-))
Län = county = Skåne län
Landskap = province = Skåne
The "Län" or county is a replacement of the "landskap" or province, but lots of people still think in "landskap" here in Sweden. Hahaha, I guess Swedes are stubborn as they changed the system officially from Landskap till Län already in 1634 ;-) Hmmmmm..... although I have to admit that I think in Sweden in "landskap" as well ;-))
In these general tips I want to give you some general info about Skåne Län, its history and its culture.
Let me start by giving you an idea where Skåne Län is located. You can find this beautiful part of Sweden in the absolute south of the country, in the most southern part of Götaland (see next tip).
If you are short of time but want to see something typical for Skåne, pick either Österlen (see my Simrishamn page) or the Kulla Peninsula north of Helsingborg. You will be rewarded with picturesque villages in Skåne style, seaside views and good food in both those areas and there is plenty to see and do whatever your age and interest.
Fondest memory: Being picked up by a friend from Österlen and spending the day going around her childhood area with fishing villages, beaches and great scenery. We were almost alone as it was before the tourist season, yet one of the first warm spring days. Fantastic!
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