By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (June 21, 2022) – In Issue 2022-112 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we learn about some very special “summer” celebrations.


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.

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