Souvenirs from Sweden
Sweden is a land of contrasts: beyond its modern cosmopolitan cities of cutting edge technology and elegant Scandinavian style lies a land of endless wild forests and mountains of Northern arctic beauty. Its strong rural background and the special connection Swedes have with nature make this one of Europe’s most attractive places for an authentic outdoor experience. Marvel at the stunning architecture and urban history of Sweden but don’t forget to visit its cold regions covered by woods and snows for an utterly unforgettable experience; here, tourists can admire a wide range of wild animal habitats close to peaceful fairytale villages of Northern magic; the moose is a notorious symbol of Sweden and a resin fridge magnet souvenir depicting Nordic mooses playing (missionary position) is available now online.
The Moose, Sweden’s Arctic Symbol
The moose is a large size animal belonging to the deer family which is normally found in North America and Northern parts of Europe and Asia, where it is called elk. It is a common inhabitant of Sweden’s subarctic Northern landscapes and has become one of the country’s most recognizable symbols, alongside the mythical trolls, the Swedish flag or the Viking horned helmet. The story of the Swedish moose also relates to the human exploitation of their natural habitats and the irrational hunting which lead to decreasing numbers of moose. They are normally nonaggressive mammals living in isolation and far from herds and the only time they react violently is when they are attacked or during mating fights for females. Whether the consumption of moose meat is healthy or not is debatable; even if travelers to Scandinavia have described it as tasty and full of flavors, modern Finland has banned certain parts of the moose such as the liver and kidneys from being sold on the market due to dangerous high levels of cadmium.
Moose, an Academic Research Topic
Unsurprisingly there is extensive academic research which focuses on moose; the most visible one is in Umeå, Northern Sweden which has been involving a large network of governmental bodies and NGOs. The study focuses on the interaction between moose and deer in their natural habitat while another complex academic topic deals with the interaction of Swedish arctic habitat and moose using modern techniques such as transmitters or GPS. This new technology allows a clear identification of individual moose and a detailed tracking of the animals can be done at any point; for those interested, the moose can even be watched on home computer screens. Topics such as moose migration during summer days or the administration of their habitats is greatly stressed in Sweden which is a sign of their importance as the country’s natural resources.
The Moose, from Wilderness to Domestication
The first attempts to domesticate the moose were made in the Soviet Union in the interwar period and a farm for moose was even founded; it still exists today as a small scale project and makes its sole profit from selling moose milk. The Swedes have been debating the importance of moose on a national scale since the 18th century; eccentric ideas for the domestication and use of moose for postal services or riding were abandoned as the hunting of moose nearly brought them to extinction. In 2004, a project was initiated to mark moose territories in Västerbotten, where an entire moose population was shared between Sweden and Norway. During winter season, moose migrate into arctic forests and sometimes cross over the border to neighboring territories. In Norrbotten, a Northern part of Sweden or Misterhult moose migration has also been researched.