Theedish folk have lived in Sweden since the dawn of man, comming into yorelore as the Geats and Swedes, making up a deal of the folk known as the norsemen. Southern Sweden is mostly for earth-tilthing, while the north is heavily wooded. Though very northern, weather in Sweden is mild, and since it is near to the sea it is gladdened by warm headlandish summers. Today, Sweden is a law-bound kingship and a folkrike. It's headtown is Stockholm, which is also the largest borough. The rikdsag holds the law-making might.
Sweden came forth as a self-steered and foroned land under the middle times. In the 16th hundreds, it grew its holdings to shape the Swedish great-rike, which became one the main mights of Europe for a hundred years. Swedish holdings outside of the scandish half-iland were dealwise lost under the 17th and 18th hundreds, ending with the overtaking of today's Finland by Russland in 1809. The last war Sweden took part in was in 1814, when they by might brought Norway into a band under the Swedish king. Since then Sweden has been at frith, holding onto a way of behaving which steers clear of siding with other lands in wars. The bandening with Norway was frithfully loosened in 1905, leading to Sweden's now-being brims. After the end of the cold war Sweden banded with the europish band on january 1 1995, but turned aside banding with NATO, as well as the eurozone.
The nowtide name Sweden comes from old english Swēoþēod, which meant "folk of the Swedes". This word comes from Sweon/Sweonas. The Swedish name Sverige is a bandening of the words Svea and Rike. Sunderings of the name Sweden are used in most tungs, besides the north-theedish tungs which are using forms of Sweorice and Sweotheed.
Sweden is first talked of in Germania by Tacitus in AD 98. He talks of the Swedes being a mighty folk, known not only for their weapons and men, but for their mighty fleets of longships. In the 5th hundreds Jordanes names two folks living in scandland, both of which are now thought to be the same as the Swedes: The suetidi and Suehans. He talks of the Suetidi and Dani as being of the same stock and the tallest of folks, and he later talks of other folks in scandland being tall also. The Suehans were known to the romanish world as makers of fox skins, and had very fine horses. The Icelandish yorelore teller Snorri Sturluson wrote that the swedish king Adils had the finest horses of his day.
The Swedish viking tide lasted roughly from the 7th to the 10th hundreds. It is believed that Swedish vikings and Gutar mainly fared east and south, going to Finland, the batlish lands, Russland, white russland, Ukraine, and the black sea, even as far as Baghdad. Their fareways passed through the Dnieper river south to Constantinople, which they raided many times. The Byzantish king of kings saw their great skills in war, and so offered them to work for him as his wardens, known then as the varangish wardens. The Swedish vikings, called Rus are believed to be the founding fathers of kievish Rus'. The arabish wayfarer Ibn Fadlan talks of these vikings as follows: "I have seen the Rus as they came on their trading fares and set up their lair near the Volga. I have never seen any more better shaped things, tall as date palms, fair-haired and ruddy; they wear neither tunics nor caftans, but the men wear clothing which is over one side of the body and leaves a hand free. Each man has an axe, a sword, and a knife, and keeps each by him at all times. The swords are broad and grooved, of frankish kind".
The doings of these Swedish vikings are written down on many runestones in Sweden, such as the greekland runestones and the varangish runestones. There was also great part-taking in the outings westwards, which are written about in stones such as the England runestones. The last great Swedish viking outing seems to have been the ill-doomed outing of Ingvar the Far-farer to Serkland, the land south-east of the caspish sea. The farers are bethought on the Ingvar runestones, none of which name any overlivers. What happened to the band is unknown, but it is thought they died of sickness.
The Kingdom of Sweden Edit
It is not known when of how the kingdom of Sweden was born, but the list of swedish kings is drawn from the first kings known to have steered both Svealand (Sweden) and Geatland as one land, beginning with Eric the winner. Sweden and geatland were two cloven lands long back into yorelore. It is not known how long they had been: the great tale Beowulf talks of Swedish-Geatish in the 5h hundreds from folktales. "Geatland" in this way covers both the lands of Eastgeatland and Westgeatland. The iland of Gotland was by this time strided over other than by the Swedes, also the Danish, and the Hansa. Småland did at this time not get much thought from anyone for its deep pine woods, and only the borough of Calmar with its burgh was noteworthy. The south-west deals of the scandish half-iland was made up of three danish underlands: Scanland, Blekinge, and Halland. North of Halland Denmark shared a brim with Norway and their underland of Bohuslän. There were Swedish settlings on along the seabrims of Finland and Norrland of nowtide.