swedish history timeline
Norway becomes independent from Sweden
19th Century Sweden
- 4000 – People in Sweden begin a farming culture.
- 1700 – The Bronze Age begins in Sweden.
- 500 – The Iron Age begins.
- 800 – The Viking Age begins. Swedish warriors raid northern Europe and Russia.
- 829 – Christianity is introduced to the Swedes by Saint Ansgar.
- 970 – Eric the Victorious becomes the first King of Sweden.
- 1004 – King Olof converts to Christianity and makes it the official religion of Sweden.
Brief Overview of the History of Sweden
The Gregorian calendar, the calendar in common use today, corrected the Julian calendar that had been in use since A. D. 46. Leap years had been miscalculated in the Julian calendar, and by 1582 the calendar was ten days behind the solar year.
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The Viking Age (800–1050 AD) was characterised by a significant expansion of activity, in Sweden’s case largely toward the east. Many Viking expeditions set off from Sweden to both plunder and trade along the Baltic coast and the rivers that stretched deep into present-day Russia. The Vikings traveled as far as the Black and Caspian Seas, where they developed trading links with the Byzantine Empire and the Arab kingdoms. Christianity first reached Sweden with a mission led by Ansgar, who visited in the 9th century, but the country was not converted to Christianity until the 11th century.
2004-10-05 Professional golfer Tiger Woods (28) weds former Swedish model Elin Nordegren (24) at Sandy Lane Resort in St. James, Barbados
2010-08-23 Former Swedish model Elin Nordegren (30) divorces professional golfer Tiger Woods (34) after 6 years of marriage