10 most difficult Sweden riddlesSweden quiz
This is a flag of ...
In 1902, on the private initiative of historian Mathias Weibull, the Skåne flag was reconstructed, or rather created from scratch, adapting it to the Nordic flagship tradition. There is a golden cross on the red material sheet. The flag directly refers to the medieval history of the region, which then belonged to the Kingdom of Denmark. Since 1658, it has been part of Sweden, but despite the passage of several centuries, it retained its cultural identity.
Vasa, a beautiful Swedish galleon, is exposed in one of Stockholm museums. What was her fate?
She sunk just after launching
Polish vessel Aquarius destroyed it
Marked in museum after 70 years of service
She was never launched
Vasa was built between 1626-1628 to fight against Poland and Lithuania. She was designed to become the greatest vessel of Swedish fleet. Richly decorated and well equipped with cannons was to pay high price for Gustav Adolph ambition. The ship was unstable, and she foundered on her maiden voyage after mere 1,200 yards. The loss was so big, that Swedes believed, it had been caused by Polish sabotage.
Where is the Gulf of Bothnia?
between Finland and Russia
between Sweden and Finland
between Sweden and Denmark
between Finland and Estonia
A number of rivers from both countries flow into the gulf. As a result, a salinity gradient exists from north to south. In the south the water is the normal brackish water of the Baltic Sea, but in the north, the salinity is so low, that one can no longer taste the salt in the water and many freshwater fish thrive in it.
Why do elements erbium, yttrium, ytterbium, terbium, have similar names?
by mistake in the elements naming approval process
from the name of the Swedish Ytterby mine
they are in the periodic table together therefore have similar names
from the surname of their discoverer, Ingmar Terber
Ytterby mine, located in the south-east part of the Swedish island and the town Resarö, was a rich source of many rare minerals. 4 chemical elements - yttrium, ytterbium, terbium and erbium - were named after the mine commemorating their origin.
What nationality was Greta Garbo?
Greta Lovisa Gustafsson, known as Greta Garbo, a Swedish actress, movie star, nominated four times for an Oscar, was born in Stockholm and first appeared in Swedish films. She gained the status of one of the biggest stars of silent and sound cinema. In the 1930s, she was one of the most popular actresses.
In how many fields were the Nobel Prizes originally awarded?
During its life the Nobel established a lot of companies which turned into corporations and still are playing the major part in the global economy, for example Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI). In his last will he set aside the bulk of his estate to establish the Nobel Prizes, to be awarded annually in the fields of physics, chemistry and physiology or medicine. Prizes are also awarded for literature and peace.
Which of European peninsulas has the most unstable shoreline?
Before the 18th century, it was thought in Sweden that sea levels were falling. On the initiative of Anders Celsius a number of marks were made in rock on different locations along the Swedish coast. In 1765 it was possible to conclude that it was not a lowering of sea levels but an uneven rise of land, later recognized as post-glacial rebound.
The Moomins were created as book characters by Tove Jansson. But who created their well known hippopotamus-like appearances?
Tove Jansson herself
John Bauer, Swedish illustrator
Peyo, Belgian cartoonist
Walt Disney Studio
Tove Jansson (pictured) was not only a writer, but also an illustrator. She created a series of comic books about the Moomins.