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Stockholm: Stortorget, Grote Plein


Kaart ontvangen van de deelnemers aan de Stockholm Meeting van 23 juli 2011

Afgebeeld is Stortorget of Het Grote Plein in Stockholm. In het midden van het plein staat een fontein waarop afstanden naar verschillende plaatsen in de wereld worden weergegeven.
Het historische "Bloedbad van Stockholm" vond hier plaats in 1520.

Storatorget, the old square of Stockholm, is picturesque and filled with history. The old square is ringed with lovely centuries-old buildings and has interesting narrow shopping streets leading to and from its center. Danish King Christin II used Stortorget as the site for the 1520 "Stockholm Blood Bath". He got rid of almost all of his political opposition by having them beheaded in this public square.

On this panoramic view of Stortorget one can see a few historic buildings. The green building (left), number 22, is from 1758. The two buildings in the middle (numbers 20-18) were merged in the 17th century. The 82 white stones are said to symbolize the heads decapitated by the Danish king in 1520. The house next door (number 16) has been a pharmacy for more than 300 years.

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The two postage stamps used on this postcard are from a booklet of 8 stamps. They were released on May 26, 2005, commemorating 150 years of Swedish postal history.  On july 1, 1855 the first Swedish postage stamps were issued.
On the left stamp Count Pehr Ambjorn Sparre (director of the Stamp Printing Office) is featured. He is known as the "father of Swedish stamps". The righthand stamp pictures a woman reading a letter, illustrating this kind of contact between people.

 


 

Zweden: Halmstad


Kaart ontvangen van Lisbeth

Halmstad is a port, university, industrial and recreational city at the mouth of Nissan river in the province of Halland on the Swedish south-west coast.
Until 1645 the city was part of the Danish Kingdom. Sweden defeated Denmark in the Battle of Fyllebro which took place in 1676 just outside Halmstad.

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The left postage stamp shows an icecold icecream (stamp from summer 2011).
The postage stamp on the right (2010) shows a person smelling a can of "Sur strömming".
Sur Strömming is a famous (typical Swedish) way of canning herring from the Baltic Sea. Actually the fish is fermented after a little bit of salt has been added. The fish stays in a closed can for about half a year. Half a year to a year later gases have built up sufficiently for the once cylindrical tins to bulge into a more rounded shape.
On opening the content produces a pungent rotten-egg, rancid-butter and vinegar smell.  This is clearly illustrated on the postage stamp above.
The fermented fish is often served with potatoes, unions and bread and some drink like beer of milk.
Some people say: "The most disgusting food.....".
See: http://youtu.be/vcnfEVqNdoA


 

Greetings from Lund


Card received from Martyn


This postcard brings warm greetings from Lund. Lund is the oldest city in Sweden. Lund is thought to have been founded around 1020. The Lund Cathedral, shown here on the right, is probably from 1085.
The other three pictures on the left side of the card show from top to bottom Lunds University Main building, an old (historic) building next to the University Library and the backside of the Lund Cathedral (Domkyrkan) at the Kraftstorg Square respectively.

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The postage stamp on this card commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the Stockholm Olympic Stadion.
At the Olympic Games in 1912 (Stockholm) the Swedish athlete Eric Lemming (1880-1930) won the golden medal for javelin throw with a distance of 60,64 meters.  This athlete is also depicted on the postage stamp. Design of the stamp is from Eva Wilsson.