Sweden sends troops to Baltic island amid Russia tensions

Strange formations on the island. Story here.

Sweden will put troops back on the strategic Baltic Sea island of Gotland after a decade-long absence as increased sabre-rattling from Russia unnerves the region.

unnamed-2Peter Hultqvist, Sweden’s defence minister, said he would recommend placing a company of about 150 soldiers on Gotland, which lies almost midway between mainland Sweden and Latvia in the middle of the Baltic Sea. Sweden will also step up military exercises around the island involving the army, navy and air force.

“Gotland has a strategic location in the Baltic Sea and this is also an indication to the outside world that we recognise that Gotland is very important. Everything we do is a part of underlining Swedish sovereignty,” he told Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

At about 175km long and 50km wide at its broadest point Gotland is Sweden’s largest island. It has not had a permanent military presence since 2005, but is seen as one of the most strategically important locations in the Baltic Sea…

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  • If Russia were to declare war on Sweden, Sweden would probably remain neutral.

    • If you can get Hamas on side, you can preemptively declare glorious victory!

      • Frau Katze

        There should plenty of fifth columnists in Sweden by now.

        • Just a thought

          Is there a term for the process whereby the majority of a country becomes a fifth column? If not, I propose we invent one. May I suggest “Swedenization?” 🙂

          • Una Salus

            i’m adding it to my lexicon

    • Frau Katze

      A walkover, Vlad. They haven’t fought a war in centuries.

    • just a thought

      Or offer them most favored victim status, after muslimes, of course.

  • Rosenmops

    There are weird stones like that in Scotland too.

    http://www.visitscotland.com/en-ca/info/see-do/ring-of-brodgar-p669061

    • Frau Katze

      How odd. They’re definitely man made (at least the ones in Scotland — I didn’t have time to research the ones on Gotland.

    • Frau Katze

      The Gotland stones are apparently natural, having something to do with limestone. See Wiki entry on Gotland.

      • AlanUK

        Definitely natural.

        Plenty more pictures at Google Images search with raukar Gotland.

        You will find amongst many other features a giant dog along with what looks like a cat sitting up!

        For more information on the formations use Google and the same search term. When I did it there was a link on page two referring to a Google book titled “Silurian reefs of Gotland” by A. A. Manten. Dated (1971 – over 40 years old) but gives so much information that you will wish you never asked!
        Could be more but that’s as far as I wanted to go!

  • just a thought

    Re – the photo: It’s like Picasso got the contract for the Moai of Easter Island, and Salvador Dali got the goat (got stuck doing the beaches of Gotland.).

    • Frau Katze

      Very odd, I agree.

  • andycanuck

    Are the Putin apologists going to claim that the Russians are right to fear the Swedes because of Charles XII? Russia has always been invaded from the West!