Lund, Sweden, has come a long way since the misty days of King Canute

Sweden_mapOf his native coastline Scanian poet Gabriel Jonson wrote: “… the waters from the two countries whisper, ‘Jag alskar dig’ and ‘Jeg eiske dej’” (“I love you” in Swedish and Danish).

Scania (or Skane), Sweden’s southernmost province, has been called “the cradle of the English race.” Raiding Vikings founded the Anglo-Scandinavian dominion of the eleventh-century Danish king, Knut den Store (Canute the Great). Legend has it that he named the future university city of Lund, founded by Canute in 1020, after his English capital, London.

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