Sweden fought in its last war in 1814, and Switzerland fought in its last war in 1815. So although Swiss neutrality is more famous, Sweden’s neutrality is older.
For those interested, Sweden’s last military action was an invasion to force Norway under Swedish control. Switzerland’s was fighting on Napoleon’s side until Waterloo.
Neither Sweden nor Switzerland participated in either world war, and today, neither are members of NATO.
Two ship burials have been discovered on a construction site near Sweden’s eastern coast, and one appears to be intact! In the intact tomb have been discovered the remains of a man, a horse, and a dog, who had all been placed in the vessel’s stern. Artifacts found included horse equipment, an ornate comb, a sword, a spear, and a shield.
The boat in the second tomb is thought to have measured about 23 feet long, and been slightly larger than the boat in the other burial, but it was damaged by previous construction at the site. Such high-status burials are thought to date to the Vendel Period (550–800 CE) or the Viking Age (800–1050 CE).
Lunch in Riddarhustrappan, Gamla Stan, Stockholm, 1953. Photographed by K.W. Gullers.
A man standing in an illuminated arch and lighting a cigarette at Bredgränd in Gamla Stan, Stockholm, 1949. Photographed by K.W. Gullers.
Couple at cafe, Stockholm, Sweden, December 29, 1948. Photographed by K.W. Gullers.
Taxi drivers outside Grand Hotel, Stockholm, 1940. Photographed by K.W. Gullers.
Woman painting porcelain at Gustavsberg factory, 1956. Photographed by K.W. Gullers.
Kids on swings, Stockholm, 1942.
Swedish woman smoking at Varamobaden, Motala, circa 1952.