Tag Archives: Baltic Sea


BORNHOLM Island in the western Baltic, southeast of the Swedish peninsula of Skåne.  An earlier form of the name was Burgundarholm and it is said that the Burgundians, who ended up in the Rhône-Saône region, came from here, but as … Continue reading

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BLEKINGE County and former province in southern Sweden, on the Baltic coast, capital Karlskrona.   It lies to the northeast of Skåne, the southernmost part of Sweden. For much of the middle ages Blekinge belonged to Denmark.   Turmoil in Denmark in … Continue reading

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Åland Islands

ÅLAND ISLANDS    AHVENANMAA; Aaland Islands (in English, pronounced “Awland”). Group of approximately 6500 islands, 80 of them inhabited lying between the Gulf of Bothnia and the Baltic Sea and belonging to Finland. They belonged to Sweden until 1809, when they were ceded, … Continue reading

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AHVENANMAA   Present and Finnish name of the ÅLAND ISLANDS.

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