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A Book about Sweden

Nature volume 110, page 631 (11 November 1922) | Download Citation



WE have received through the Swedish Consulategeneral in London a copy of “A Book about Sweden,“ published in Stockholm by the Swedish Traffic Association. It is a compact guide, very fully illustrated, written in English for those who may wish to visit Sweden, or for those who have not yet realised what a charming and novel field awaits the tourist, accustomed to think of Europe as centred in Grindelwald or Assisi. The photograph of the s.s. Saga, now running between London and Gothenburg (Göteborg), invites the Englishman by a reminder of his Viking blood. The description of the country and its human occupations is geographical, and many of the views, such as those in Lappland, are difficult to obtain from other sources. That of the iron-mountain of Kiruna, lit up electrically for work in the long winter night, illustrates one of the great romances of Swedish industry. The account of power-developments in general will interest scientific readers. We are shown the fascination of Abisko, remote within the Arctic Circle; but nothing is said about the summer mosquitoes, and the happy tourists at Tornetrgsk seem to be going about unveiled. The manifold charm of Stockholm, a city unlike any city, the sweet clean beauty of the forest country, the rush of waters at Porjus and Trollhdttan, are here simply set before us. If one knows Sweden already, it is all the more delightful to turn these pages, and, as the Dalarna poem says, to long for her again. This little handbook may be recommended to British teachers of geography.

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