By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (June 19, 2024) – Steve Kovacs has been on a summer sojourn throughout this week of June 17-21, 2024. We at Loveland Beacon hope you enjoyed our week-long summer reruns version of Fun with Maps. We will welcome Steve back on Monday, June 24, with fresh new FwM Features.  Today we celebrate summer – just as we did here on this date in 2022.


Today mid-summer will be celebrated in the northern hemisphere, but nowhere is it more feted than in the Scandinavian countries!

In Sweden, tradition says that you should walk barefoot in the morning dew for good health.  Flower crowns are the fashion item of the day for Swedish ladies, and favorite festival foods are pickled herring and strawberries with whipped cream.

In Finland, today is a popular day for weddings or, if tradition holds, to cast a spell to find love that day.

In Norway, bonfires light up coastal islands as mock weddings take place to symbolize new life as the summer begins.

In the US, Fairbanks, Alaska would be the place to be today.  Only 150 miles from the Arctic Circle, Fairbanks will have a full 24 hours of sunshine.

Here is Tallis’s 1851 map of Scandinavia plus the Baltic States.

Scandinavia with Baltic States – 1851 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps. Be sure to visit his antique map boutique: world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.