Synopses & Reviews
With its midnight sun and Gulf Stream climate, Sweden is a land of contradictions. It is home to petroglyphs dating from 9000 BC, thriving high-tech industries, and the ubiquitous design chain Ikea. A comparatively peaceful and economically stable twentieth century secured its reputation as a great place to live, with a solid economy and generous welfare system. Emigration reversed itself-now more than ten percent of the country's nine million residents were born abroad. When Sweden entered the EU in 1995, and introduced the euro in 2002, visiting became even easier. This short history is ideal for travelers, students, and those with an eye to the new Europe. Martina Sprague was born and raised in Stockholm. She is the author of several books on sports science and martial arts, and is at work on a book on Norse warfare.