At 449,964 km2 (173,720 square miles), Sweden is the third largest country by area in
Western Europe and fifth in all of Europe. The country has a population of 10 million people. Sweden has a low
population density of 20 people per square kilometre, except in its
metropolitan areas; 84% of the population lives in urban areas, which comprise only 1.3% of the country's total land area. The inhabitants of Sweden enjoy a high standard of living, and the country is generally perceived as modern and
liberal, with an organizational and corporate culture that is non-hierarchical and
collectivist compared to its
environmental protection and
energy efficiency are generally prioritized in policy making and embraced by the general public in Sweden.
Bellman is best known for two collections of poems set to music, Fredman's songs (Fredmans sånger) and Fredman's epistles (Fredmans epistlar). Each consists of about 70 songs. The general theme is drinking, but the songs "most ingeniously" combine words and music to express feelings and moods ranging from humorous to
elegiac, romantic to
satirical. (Full article...)
Image 12Old map showing Sweden during the period of Great Power 1648–1721. The Homann Map of Scandinavia, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Livonia and northern Poland, from 1730, by
Johann Baptist Homann (1664–1724) (from History of Sweden)
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Harriet Bosse as Indra's daughter at the 1907 première of A Dream Play (1902) by
Harriet Sofie Bosse (19 February 1878 – 2 November 1961) was a Swedish–Norwegian actress. A celebrity in her day, Bosse is now most commonly remembered as the third wife of the playwright
August Strindberg. Bosse began her career in a minor company run by her forceful older sister Alma Fahlstrøm in Kristiania (now
Oslo, the capital of Norway). Having secured an engagement at the
Royal Dramatic Theatre ("Dramaten"), the main drama venue of Sweden's capital
Stockholm, Bosse caught the attention of Strindberg with her intelligent acting and exotic "oriental" appearance.
After a whirlwind courtship, which unfolds in detail in Strindberg's letters and diary, Strindberg and Bosse were married in 1901, when he was 52 and she 23. Strindberg wrote a number of major roles for Bosse during their short and stormy relationship, especially in 1900–01, a period of great creativity and productivity for him. Like his previous two marriages, the relationship failed as a result of Strindberg's jealousy, which some biographers have characterized as
paranoid. The spectrum of Strindberg's feelings about Bosse, ranging from worship to rage, is reflected in the roles he wrote for her to play, or as portraits of her. Despite her real-life role as
muse to Strindberg, she remained an independent artist. (Full article...)