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Why was no Nobel Prize for Literature awarded in 1935?

At the time, Henry Suzzallo's National Encyclopedia claimed that: The Swedish Academy decided not to award the Nobel Prize in Literature this year, declaring that no single person in the field of ...
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Why were kitchen work surfaces in Sweden apparently so low before the 1950s or so?

Why were apparently kitchens so low in Sweden before the 1950s or so? This may be the same thing everywhere else as well. It's just that I have only heard it in Swedish context. Before the ...
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Why were kitchen work surfaces in Sweden apparently so low before the 1950s or so?

Three thoughts: I doubt that people somehow suddenly got significantly taller in Sweden in the first half of the 20th century. As a comment already points out, people did get substantially taller. ...
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Where can I find information on a Polish castle dismantled by Sweden?

This story almost certainly relates to the invasion of Poland (1655-60) by the Swedes and their allies during the reign of the Swedish king Charles X, but it has been considerably embellished in that ...
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What is the origin of the American stereotypes about Swedish women?

Swedish liberal attitudes developed during the post World War 2 era (remember that Sweden had been neutral, and had not suffered nearly as much during the war as many other European countries). As ...
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Who was Christophorus Uveida?

[I would like to thank @CarlosMartin for the helpful link to Christianson's book which I am referencing below]. The last name of the printer is written with a true double-U, so is actually Weida in ...
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What did Sweden do with all the wrong-sided steering wheels after Högertrafikomläggningen?

Most cars actually had left-side steering even before the switch. Most imported cars were from countries with left-side steering. Cars made in Sweden kept this, as people were used to it, and it ...
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When did “Duck, Duck, Goose“ migrate from Sweden to America?

A search of the Hathi Trust database turns up instances of the game under that name going back at least to 1922. From anonymous, "Springfield, Illinois, Course of Study with Suggestive Method for ...
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Did the Russian Empire have a claim to Sweden? Was there ever a time where they could have pursued it?

Absolutely not. Through the entire 17th century and most of the 18th Sweden was the dominant military power across the Baltic Sea, a significantly stronger military power than Russia. Not until the ...
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Did they really have individual telephone wires going from a central tower to each customer in Sweden in the late 1800s?

Absolutely - and dedicated point-to-point wiring remained state-of-the-art technology for telephony right into the 1960's, as in the 1960 photograph below of a telephone exchange switchboard: As the ...
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In Scandinavia, was there a cultural continuity from Goths to Vikings or were they two different groups of people?

First of all, you have confused the Vikings (seaborne warriors) with the Rus, the Scandinavians who according to chroniclers founded Russia (hence the name); I'm not sure if this idea finds favour ...
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How realistic is the food consumption in Astrid Lindgrens 'Emil of Lönneberga' books?

There are several aspects to observe: The narrated timeframe We have a fictional account of which the author claimed to have based it on her own childhood and that of her father. It is thus already ...
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Did the Russian Empire have a claim to Sweden? Was there ever a time where they could have pursued it?

Yes, they did put a Holstein-Gottorp on the throne. But that didn't really help relations very much. Following the disaster of the Great Northern War, Russia was the dominant power in Northern Europe....
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Was the Great Freeze of 1709 predicted?

Per the wikipedia page I edited into your answer, the causes were unknown, and it is still inexplicable using modern climate models, so even if someone had predicted it it would not have been based on ...
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Did the Soviet Union's successful northern campaign have an impact on Swedish iron ore shipments to Germany?

Indirectly Historically, Sweden ended trade with Germany in November 1944. That is a bit late in the war, and Allies pressured them to do something much earlier, but there was always a threat of ...
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How did the Swedes integrate Geats, Danes, Walloons, Finns & others?

Wrong premises lead to wrong conclusions First about Croatia - it did not exist as an independent country until 1991. Until 1918 it was part of the Habsburg Monarchy, later Austria-Hungary. After WW1 ...
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Why was no Nobel Prize for Literature awarded in 1935?

As it is so often the case, an official reason given might not be the real reason for why something happened. In the case of the Nobel committee of that era, it is indeed the quasi official word that ...
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What is the origin of the American stereotypes about Swedish women?

There are a couple of reasons. The main ones are lack of a double standard, and the fact that Sweden had its "1960s" about ten years earlier. The lack of a double standard explains the stereotype of ...
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During WW2, how dependent on Swedish Ball Bearings was Britain?

They were obviously important enough to call for the implementation of Operation Bridford. According to that source "This operation resulted from the fact that the UK was to a degree dependent on ...
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Was the Great Freeze of 1709 predicted?

I support @DenisdeBernardy's answer but I hope I can provide some additional helpful notes. Firstly, a forecast in the modern sense could not have been made before starting to think about meteorology ...
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Through what developments did Sweden end up in war in northern Africa in early 1800's?

This is a difficult topic to find good sources for, because this war is largely forgotten in Sweden. It was not a very dignified affair, and was overshadowed by the catastrophic defeat in the Finnish ...
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Why were the Scandinavians not as expansive as other Europeans in global colonization?

Short Answer: There was a sum of factors: War Weather Population Willingness Long Answer: Population, as highlighted in the comments, is part of the answer. But only a part, because the Netherlands ...
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How did the Swedish army deal with prisoners of war in the Thirty Years War?

Some aspects of the below were specific to Sweden while others common to most belligerents in the war. Where possible, I used Swedish examples as that was the OP's topic of interest. Changes during ...
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How dependent was Nazi Germany on iron ore from Sweden?

The Plan R 4 article lists the following source: Ziemke, Earl F. (2000) [1960]. "Chapter 2, The German Decision to Invade Norway and Denmark"., Command Decisions, United States Army Center of ...
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Why did Sweden not fortify Swedish Livonia along its eastern frontier, including the approaches to Riga?

The apparent cause was Sweden's transition into the Swedish Empire or "Great Power" phase beginning in 1611, during which Sweden shifted from a defensive to offensive posture, one that was not ...
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Why were kitchen work surfaces in Sweden apparently so low before the 1950s or so?

The discovery that people work best at a waist-high workspace was one of the discoveries of efficiency experts working in factories in the late 19th century. It was brought to the kitchen by Christine ...
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How and why did Charles XII get to Poltava?

This is a good question, but it looks to me that the present answers disavow the natural complexity of the terrain that had to be navigated as well as Karl XII's (generally anglicised as "Charles&...
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Were the Swedish holdings in northern Germany accepting or resentful of their overlord after the Peace of Westphalia?

Even after the Peace of Westphalia, Swedish rule was well-regarded to the extent that it was regarded at all. The problem was that Swedish rulers exerted very little power in Pomerania, where two-...
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Why did the Swedish colonies in America and Africa fail?

The failure of Swedish colonies such as New Sweden was due to the fact that they were trading posts, rather than true settlements or colonies. New Sweden was attacked by the Dutch, and barely ...
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What does this Swedish sonar image depict?

I've based this on the linked Swedish National Heritage Board (RAA) information and my experience in the marine geophysics sector: This 'object' has been imaged in at least one survey, performed in ...
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