I know glass is hardly an innovation, and it’s easily available everywhere, but Småland, the area of Sweden I visit, is the center of European glass-making. Kosta Boda and Orrefors each have their headquarters there, and everywhere you look, you’ll find some reminder, big or small, of one of the world’s great industries.
That Sweden is a major center of glass-making isn’t surprising when you take the combination of water, iron, and forests into account. The largest iron mine in the world is located in the far north of Sweden at Kiruna. Iron is one of the possible metals that can be added to glass to create iridescence, color, or sparkle. (I learn a lot doing these blogs, believe me.)
- How to Make Your Own Sea Glass (st-augustine-travel-guide.com)
- Drivers warned as ice coats Sweden’s roads (thelocal.se)
- His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden Delivers His Christmas Speech. (VIDEO) (royalcorrespondent.com)
- Swedish glass art exhibition opens today at the Nordic Heritage Museum (myballard.com)
- Sunrise Through Wavy Glass (rosslynredux.com)