When Sweden Was A Superpower

SwedishFreak’s condensed Swedish history continues today with the third episode; all and all there will be six episodes.

With the beginning of the16th century, a new king ascended to the throne, founded the world’s longest cross-country ski race, defeated the Danes and dissolved the union with Denmark.

In the next century, a powerful and resourceful king went to war and established dominance over north Europe, competing in power with the Holy Roman Empire. He became known as ”The Lion From The North”, but ended his days on a foggy field in Germany.

Another king traveled by horse, alone and under cover, all around the country, to detect and eradicate corruption and oppression. He also defeated the Danes, once again. After his death, his 15 year old son became king and started by defeating the Danes, yet another time. He then continued to rule Sweden by mail from Turkey for 14 years, when a letter needed several weeks to be delivered. He was finally killed by a button from a uniform.

If you missed the first episodes, check out our history page (Culture/History) which presents each of the six episodes, or dive directly into The Rise And Fall Of A Superpower!

Next episode will follow… shortly.


The Author



Thomas is a retired IT professional, who lives alone with his golden retriever Ziggy Stardust in a small townhouse in a small town in the southern half of Sweden. He has two grown-up kids and at least five grandkids – "as far as I know".

Thomas enjoys daily long walks with Ziggy in the forests around town, he loves cooking for his guests, and he likes to make things with his hands. He says he loves good food, good wine, people who smile and make him smile.

Having spent most of his life developing things, methods and organizations, he's passionately interested in all kinds of technology, natural science, politics,... anything that raises a problem, whether it can be solved or not. Consequently, he is consistently short of time.

While he was professionally active, he lived in San Francisco a few years, working as software engineer down in Silicon Valley. He claims that he did leave his heart in San Francisco, and is constantly planning to go back and pick it up. Quoting Hoagy Carmichael's Hong Kong Blues, he says "... every time I try to leave, sweet opium won't let me fly away... ...i.e. my opium is Sweden, my kids, my dog, my friends, my forest,... you know, I'm Swedish."