Swedish Past Survives in Kalmar Keep

Kalmar Castle

Kalmar Castle

“From here indeed/Shall we strike terror in the Swede;/And here a city, by our labour/Founded, shall gall our haughty neighbour.”

Thus declared Pushkin‘s character in The Bronze Horseman, written in 1833 about Peter the Great‘s founding of St. Petersburg in 1703. The quote is indicative of the degree of suspicion and hostility that had plagued the Baltic since the 11th century.

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