Photographer's Note

Kalmar Castle, once named the Key to the Kingdom due to its strategic position close to the then Swedish-Danish border. It dates back to 12th century, as a defense tower to protect the town against pirates and other sea-faring enemies.

The castle's present appearance, in the style of a renaissance palace, was acquired in the 16th century by the kings Erik XIV and Johan III. The last king to live here was Karl XI in 1692.

The Union of Kalmar - a pact which joined all of the Nordic countries under one common ruler - was signed here by Queen Margaret I on 20th of July in 1397. This personal union lasted until 1524.

Today the castle is used for conferences, weddings and children's parties aside from the normal use as a museum. It's even possible to enjoy an unforgettable banquet evening with a taste of 16th century cuisine.

Kalmar Nyckel [Key of Kalmar] was the ship carrying Swedish settlers to America in 1638.

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