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    Finnish influence in the 14th century

    by sim1 Updated Jan 31, 2004

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    Finnish influence in the 14th century


    Finland has been a part of Sweden for a very long time. A lot Finnish people came to Stockholm to work as a fisherman, sailor, maid and all kinds of hard labour work. In that time 20% of the population was Finnish. The Finnish and the German churches are "the first foreign" churches in Stockholm. The Finnish Church is located next to the palace in Gamla Stan.

    Old Stockholm harbour at Medeltidsmuseum The Finnish Church
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    German influence in the 14th century

    by sim1 Updated Jan 31, 2004

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    German influence in the 14th century


    In the Gamla Stan you can still see traces of the German influence in Stockholm. The German influence was caused by the Hanseatic League. During the 14th century trade increased, especially between German towns and Swedish port towns along the Baltic.
    Sweden's trade was dominated by the Hanseatic League for 200 years, until the middle of the 16th century. During that time many German merchants moved to Stockholm. They got together in Saint Gertrud's cottage. In 1580 the guild cottage was rebuilt into a church. The church still exists and this is the Tyska kyrkan or German Church in the Gamla Stan.

    In the picture you can see restaurant Zum Franziskaner (Skeppsbron 44), a rustic German style bierstube.

    Restaurant Zum Franziskaner
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    History of Stockholm

    by sim1 Updated Jan 31, 2004

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    In these general tips I want to give you a timeline of Stockholm's history. I love digging into history and reading all about a place I am going to or have been. It gives so much more meaning to the things I see during my trip. A square for example can come to life when you know what happened there in times gone by. It's not only the beauty you see, but also the story buildings can tell. And I am probably not the only one to enjoy this, so that's why I made this history section on my page. The timeline brought the history of Stockholm for me in a much better perspective and I can hardly wait to get back to Stockholm and have another look around, but now with this newly gained info. I hope you will enjoy reading it!

    Old Stockholm, photo from drawing Medeltidsmuseum
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    How Stockholm got its name

    by sim1 Updated Jan 31, 2004

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    How Stockholm got its name


    How Stockholm got its name actually not known. But one of the legends tells about a stock (piece of timber) that played an important role. When Sigtuna was wrecked by Karelian and Estonian tribes in 1187, lots of people fled to other areas. A stock (piece of timber) that was hollowed out and filled with precious belonging (jewels, silver, etc.) was put in the water. It was decided that were the stock would land would be the place for the new settlement. The stock landed at an island that later was called Stockholmen, after that Stadsholmen and now is this island is called the Gamla Stan in Stockholm.

    I really love this legend, but of course it is unknown if it is true. Another legend, hahaha, much more boring in my opinion, says that the name comes from the stock (pieces of timber) that were drilled down the bottom of the inlet to hinder an attack from foreign navies. This was a method used by most of the settlements along the waterside as a protection.

    The first time that Stockholm is mentioned is in 1252. In 1388 the city is given full city rights.

    Old Stockholm, photo of drawing in Medeltidsmuseum
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    out of words ...

    by Lucky79 Written Mar 10, 2003

    Favorite thing: It is both informative and good fun to see a city from on high. Stockholm offers a variety of superb views.
    There are many choices of sights and Stockholm caters for every travellers need. From museums, fantastic architecture to old traditions, no matter what one is searching for Stockholm has it. THE CULTURAL CAPITAL OF THE WORLD 1998.

    Fondest memory: The first Jew permitted to settle permanently in Sweden was Aaron Isaac, a merchant from Germany. He came to Stockholm with his family in 1774, accompanied by ten fellow Jews who also brought their families.
    As the Jews of Sweden were emancipated in 1870 their number had increased to 3000 through natural increase and new immigration. Communities were founded in Gothenburg, Malmö and in several other towns around the country.
    While immigration at the beginning of the 20th century consisted mainly of individuals or single families, persecution in Russia forced large numbers of Jews into exile. Several thousand came to Sweden between the Kishinev massacre and the end of World War I. Many returned "home" after the Russian Revolution in 1917.

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