The forget-me-not fence and Sweden’s National Day, June 6th

BluewhiteflowerfenceThis traditional rustic fence surrounds a red and white fritidshus at Evedal, a swimming area and park popular with locals in Småland. Småland, not coincidentally, given its preponderance of forests, is the home of furniture-maker Ikea.

If you get a chance to visit Sweden, there’s no more lovely area of the country in Springtime than Småland, also known as the last stopping point of emigrants bound for America back in the 1800s.

I find it humorous, but a bit sad, that U.S.A. Ikea’s indoor daycare facility for children is also called Småland (where children can ‘feel Sweden’s forest atmosphere’, according to the Ikea website). Unfortunately for cooped-up American kids, there’s no substitute for the real thing.

June 6th is National Day in Sweden!

The Swedish national flag, flown on June 6th to commemorate the foundation of modern Sweden. National Day wasn't made an official holiday until 2005, which seems kind of late for an event dating back to King Gustav Vasa's crowning in 1523.
The Swedish national flag, flown on June 6th to commemorate the foundation of modern Sweden. National Day wasn’t made an official holiday until 2005, which seems kind of late for an event dating back to King Gustav Vasa’s crowning in 1523.
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