Confort from the XIX century

João Figueiredo

Värnamo, Sweden

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Sweden has this amazing thing which I have my own theory to explain why is it like this. Unlike many other countries in Europe, Sweden had a very quiet history, leaving not much for historians and archaeologists. For instance, in my country there were Greeks, Phoenicians, Romans, Goths, Visigoths, Vandals, Alans, Arabs (among others) and at last us (Portuguese) that were in an almost constant war with Castile and León (later Spain) for nearly 800 years. All this and much more left an incredibly almost endless herritage to be seen: castles, fortresses, roads, monuments, palaces, museums, monasteries, etc…

Here in Sweden, there was only Sweden and the Swedes the whole time!

Due to this, ther is not much to see if you are looking for old history. Therefore, the local communities in the villages organize themselves into associations called “Hembygd” (in Swedish). These have as purpose to take a small terrain in the center of the town/village and transform it into a museum through time of what is characteristical from that place in terms of way of life, culture, etc. Instead of having a whole museum, they try to recreate the village/town int he way it was before by buying houses and moving them into that park. Those houses are kept over the decades precisely the way they were when they were bought:

  • The wallpaper;
  • The kitchen tools;
  • The interior decoration;
  • Any paintings, photos or decorative objects;
  • Outside aspect;
  • Anything at all!

This way, the Swedes create a kind of a “walk-through time capsule”. These unusual “museums” are open from time to time to everyone who wants to visit.

And finally, this photo is from one of those “museum-house”. This is taken in the living room of an average Swedish house from the 19th century in the south central agricultural Sweden. This living room (and other things) can be seen at the Apladalen’s Hembygdsförening Park in the city of Värnamo.

Värnamo – Sweden


Canon EOS 550D + 50mm lens
f4.5 opening / 1/8 sec exposure

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