A History of Sweden

A History of Sweden

A History of Sweden

A History of Sweden

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Configuration. --The kingdom of Sweden comprises the eastern and southern part of the Scandinavian peninsula, together with Gottland, Öland, and the great number of smaller islands along its coast-line, and with its 173,075 square miles of territory constitutes one of the largest political divisions of Europe. Its area is about equal to that of France or Germany, and one and one-half as large as England and Ireland combined. In form the country is roughly rectangular and with a slight inclination lies due north and south; its southern terminus almost touches the fifty-fifth degree north latitude, while its extreme northern end rests on the sixty-ninth degree north latitude. With respect to area and form, Sweden and California present striking similarities. If a map of one be superimposed on the map of the other similarly scaled, it will be found that the boundary lines do not run very far apart. From north to south Sweden extends over nearly fourteen degrees of latitude, or one-seventh of the distance from the equator to the pole. If one might imagine that the entire strip of land which constitutes Sweden were swung halfway around, it would be found that the northern tip would, in the new position, rest on a line considerably south of Rome; to put it another way, it might be said that the length of Sweden from north to south is almost the same as the distance by a direct line from London to Algiers on the north African coast. The width of the country is considerably less than its length, the former being quite uniformly from two hundred and fifty to three hundred miles.

The greater part of Sweden is built of the most ancient rock recognized in geological history, and from this point of view the country is, therefore, one of the oldest lands on the globe.

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