Bergdala City ... where you recharge

N 56° 50.029', E 15° 13.257'

Others say: When you're tired of London you're tired of life
We say: When you're tired of London and everything, you need a rest
Come here to rest!

Background: The former home of the director

What is there?
What's downtonwn?
The landscape: a walk
   * "greater Bergdala"
   *  Historical Småland
   *  Cultural Småland
   *  Tasty Småland
Find us
   *  Glass
   *  Stone walls
   *  Map for a walk
  Elving Conradsson was a colourful manager about whom many a good
  story is told.
  During a conflict with the local trade union, Conradsson said: "I've
  been crawling for the union now for two days so my knees are getting
  sore. I'm giving up glassmaking and leaving it all to the union.  It
  seems like they know how to do it!"
  Ultimately, there was an agreement and Conradsson remained manager.
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  Finally  (1845) men and women got equal rights according to the 
  Swedish law:
  - Wife and husband have equal rights to the property in their common
  - Brother and sister have equal rights to inherit their parents.
  - Women have - like warriors - the right to wear a broad belt.
  - Women have the right to to have drummers and pipers preceding them 
    in their wedding procession.
  But it was not always so - except, of course - in eastern Småland!
  In ancient times - some say 1467, other the 880's, the 1120's or the
  1150's - anyway; In ancient times,  the Danish army was successively
  advancing north in Sweden. Unfortunately, the Swedish king was alrea-
  dy  engaged in war with the Norwegians,  and he had enlisted all the
  men,  so there were only the women and children left.  As the Danish
  reached Småland there was a farmwife called Blenda who summonded all
  the women in eastern Småland and revealed her plan to beat the Danes.
  The women collected  bread and cheese,  aquavit and fruit,  beef and 
  pork, and invited the Danes to a feast and to negotiations. They wan-
  ted peace  -  they said -  and since their husbands were all gone to 
  fight the  Norwegians,  they would be willing to take the Danish sol-
  diers to them... 
  The women laid the tables and welcomed the Danish army as it arrived.
  They caressed the soldiers  and bade them eat and drink and when the
  soldiers had gone suffieciently drunk,  the women cut the throats of 
  For this deed did Blenda get Väderlanda farm as her fief and that is
  also where she was finally buried. Väderlanda is situated about 15 -
  20 km southwest of Bergdala, between lake Rottnen and Ingelstad. And
  the deed was also  recognized by a special law concerning the rights 
  of women, valid only in Eastern Småland.
  (If you do not believe this  -  just try to imagine what any modern)
  (Småland woman, Carolina Klüft - just to pick one at random - could)
  (do if she had set her mind to warfare and used her fighting spirit)
  (and -competence to kill people instead of just defeating them...  )
  ( Blenda is definitely a legend  - but does she have to be a myth? )
  It is a proven fact that the women in Eastern Småland had their spe-
  cial rights according to the law already in ancient times...
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  Take the walk south from Downtown towards Fagereke.  In about a kilo-
  meters' way, you will reach a fork in the road,  where Lövåsvägen goes 
  up to a little hill to your left.  Climb the hill and continue down to 
  the dam. You are now on the grounds of Lövås. The mansion has, of course,
  been rebuilt over the centuries,  but it was here  Ingeborg Hansdotter
  "was robbed of a lot of money and silver" on the 10'th of March 1698.
  The four soldiers who committed the  robbery were all caught and sent
  to trial. It seems, from the records of the court, that they were all
  decapitated in May the same year. One of the wives, who seems to have
  taken active part in the planning of the deed, was also decapitated.
  - - - - - - - - - -
  If the robbery at Lövås was a fairly simple trial and the malefactors
  easily identified and punished, then the same cannot be said to what-
  ever happened to Anna Johansson in March 1906. She was found murdered
  a few kilometers west of Hovmantorp railway station  (7 km south-west
  from Bergdala) on April 14, after she had been reported missing alrea-
  dy on the 11'th of March. Her fiancé was finally convicted, more than
  a year later, after a fairly caotic process,  but there is still much
  missing to make up a complete and convincing set of evidence.