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Old August 6th, 2014, 03:07 AM   #41
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Old May 7th, 2015, 03:28 AM   #43
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A foggy night in Visby:

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Old May 7th, 2015, 03:32 AM   #44
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Domkyrkan, Visby by lars-broberg, on Flickr
This is haunting. It is like a vision of another world.
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Old May 29th, 2015, 01:21 AM   #46
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Visby(and Gotland) and Österlen(in Scania County) are probably my favorite areas in Sweden as far as nature goes, the High North is also very impressive with it's mountains and wildnerness though. Both areas are popular, and Gotland tends to get a lot of tourists in the summer, which can be both great fun and a bit too much for some I guess.

The West coast where most of my extended and close family spends parts of their summer vacations, or half a year(some of the old folks hehe) is also nice, but much more rugged, less green, more granite. The small villages/towns that are dotted along the coast also tends to be overrun by tourists in the summers. hehe
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Is it very crowded during winter?
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Visby by Ricardo Feinstein, on Flickr

Central Visby by Staffan_R, on Flickr

Visby Panorama by realdauerbrenner, on Flickr

Sunset, Visby, Sweden by Berit Watkin, on Flickr
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Langhammars, Gotland, Sweden by Berit Watkin, on Flickr

Visby, Gotland, Sweden by Berit Watkin, on Flickr

Gate keeper [EXPLORED] by Peter Lübeck, on Flickr

Never trust a man, who when left alone with a tea cosey... Doesn't try it on. by Chris Lofqvist, on Flickr

5/31 "Almedalen" Visby Gotland Sweden by Jane Olsson, on Flickr
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Walking towards the walls of old Visby by *Psycho Delia*, on Flickr
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It really is exquisite.
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Is it very crowded during winter?
Never been to Gotland or Österlen in the winter so I couldn't tell, but I would guess no, the tourism is very seasonal, and Gotland county pretty much relies on tourism and agriculture, thats their local economy, there isn't much els there, no industries of size.

In the summer you get loads of them though, including the big political week, when every single politician in the country congregates there for a full week, a long with all the media, and all the NGOs.

The Armed Forces used to be the largest employer on the island, not counting the municipality(who hires teachers, nurses, daycare etc), but thats changed dramatically.

They will apparently station military on Gotland again though, it was one of the priorities when they negotiated the defence budgets this year.

Apparently they do have some military on the island.

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The defense that remains today on Visborgsplain, Gotland group, F 17 G, FMLOG and a marine company from the Naval base.

32nd Home Guard Battalion (Gotland Home Guard Battalion)
32nd Home Guard battalion headquarters
32nd Home Guard leadership management Platoon
321: A Home Guard Bevakningskompaniet
322: A Home Guard Bevakningskompaniet
323 th maritime transport platoon
324th Home Guard insatskompaniet
325th Home Guard aviation group
So the Home Guard, + some elements from the Airforce, Army(logistics) and Navy. They got tanks on the island to, but they are in storage, not staffed, just stored there to make it easier to use them(have to fly in troops to operate them though).

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The Home Guard with the national security forces are part of the Swedish Armed Forces' mission-based organization. The Home Guard is a unit and constitutes the basis for the protection of Sweden. It has the task of operating over the entire conflict scale, from societal support during great strains in peacetime to armed combat in times of war.

The units of the Home Guard have a response capability that is measured in hours, as opposed to days or weeks. The personnel is made up of locally recruited volunteers and consists largely of experienced soldiers and officers with a background in mission-based units.

When the Armed Forces are called in to help with forest fires, flooding or missing person searches, it often falls to Home Guard units to support the police and Rescue Services. Territorial surveillance, base security, escort duties, transport protection, target identification and artillery spotting are other typical Home Guard duties.

In addition to personnel who have completed their national service or Basic Military Training, the Home Guard includes a large proportion of specialists, for example, paramedics, motorcycle orderlies and dog handlers, that are recruited and trained by voluntary defense organizations.

The majority of the soldiers maintain a civilian job while serving the army part-time. Contemporary rapid countermeasure units were formed in the early 2000s as a consequence of the Swedish government's abolishment of the conscription to the Swedish Armes Forces.
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Gotland is completely dead in winter. There's a university there (it's actually a branch of Uppsala University) and students coming from the rest of the country often have a hard time during their first winter on the island. It can feel very isolated.
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Visby is indeed quite beautiful. I tend to remember the city for the great battle that took place in the 14th century more than anything else.
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Visby is indeed quite beautiful. I tend to remember the city for the great battle that took place in the 14th century more than anything else.
Not sure if one can call it a battle, more a slaughter of peasents, danish knights/warriors against the peasents, if I remember my history correctly the towns people wouldn't let the peasents into the town and the peasents were not up to the task to beat the danish army by themselves, so more of a massacre.

Bloodiest battle in Sweden if I'm not mistaken was the Battle of Lund though, in Scania, against the Danes of course, both sides had extremely high percentage of casualties.

There have been quite a lot of archaeological findings on Gotland though. I bet Adde knows more about that, I think I remember reading that he is an archaeologist.

Edit: The Dutch was on the danish side at Lund as well apparently, and it seems that they got almost completely annihilated.
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The Dutch marines were exceptionally unfortunate; according to various sources, only a few dozen out of the 1,300 survived.

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Medieval wall tower and bridge, Visby by Rui Baião, on Flickr

Architecture detail of Sankta Karin church, Visby by Rui Baião, on Flickr

Foutain in the Old Town, Visby by Rui Baião, on Flickr

Visby III by Gustaf Emanuelsson, on Flickr


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Mayor's House in Visby by Bartek Kuzia, on Flickr

Visby Street by Bartek Kuzia, on Flickr

Visby inside the wall by Geson Rathnow, on Flickr

Visby inside the wall by Geson Rathnow, on Flickr

Visby inside the wall by Geson Rathnow, on Flickr

Visby city wall by Geson Rathnow, on Flickr
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Beautiful old architecture. Det är vackert.
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There have been quite a lot of archaeological findings on Gotland though. I bet Adde knows more about that, I think I remember reading that he is an archaeologist.
I completely missed this back when it was posted. Yeah, Gotland is archaeologically rich. The large islands of the Baltic (Gotland, Öland and Bornholm) were centers of trade for the entire southern Baltic region, so riches flowed onto the islands from the Roman period right up until the medieval period. For instance, Gotland has got the highest number of Arabic silver coins from the 8th to 11th century found anywhere in the world.

After the decline of the Hanseatic league and the Danish invasion of the mid-1300's, Gotland declined. The war had reduced the population significantly, and trade dried up. Denmark were never that unterested in the island or the Baltic trade, which was taken over by towns like Stockholm and Kalmar. That's why medieval Visby is so remarkably well preserved (for instance, it has got the only town wall still standing in Scandinavia). There just weren't the money or political interest to develop the town, and the reduced population meant that the town didn't grow beyond the wall until the 20th century.
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The old city of Fredrikstad have a city wall around it.
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