Saturday, 16 May 2009

Spring in Småland

Småland is a historical province (landskap) in southern Sweden. Småland borders Blekinge, Scania or Skåne, Halland, Västergötland, Östergötland and the island Öland in the Baltic Sea. The name Småland literally means Small land.

Småland is Astrid Lindgrens birthplace.
Astrid Lindgren grew up in Näs, near Vimmerby, Småland, and many of her books are based on her family and childhood memories. However, Pippi Longstocking, her most famous character, was invented to please her daughter Karin, who was, at the time, ill and bed-ridden.

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