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Places I Do Not Live:
  • Fly or Flyvbjerg, Denmark
  • Fly, Flybacken, Flyeboda, Flykälen, Flymen, Flyn, Flyeryd or Flygfors, Sweden
  • Flyford Flavell, England
  • Flying Point, Flying Mountain, or Flynns Lick, USA
  • Flyugovka, Russia
  • Flyverfjord, Norway

Other Places on the Same Latitude:
  • Moscow and Nizhniy Novgorod, Russia
  • The Bering Sea
  • Ketchikan, Alaska
  • Hudson Bay, Canada
  • Glasgow, Scotland
Things You Might Not Have Known About Sweden:
  • It's the fifth largest country in Europe
  • It's roughly the same size as California or Japan*
  • Since 1814 and the Napoleanic conflicts, Sweden has not actively taken part in any wars**
  • The average temperature in Malmö during January is 0.2C/31.6F and in July is 16.8C/62.2F
  • Even down south in Sweden, where we are, we get an average of 17 hours of daylight during July

Some Things About Flyinge:
  • The name Flyinge comes from the word flik, which translates as flap, edge, or lobe and refers to the little curved lakes engendered by the river in the area. Inge is apparently an old suffix from Danish, meaning meadow.
  • The village was referred to as Fliqinge, Fliinge and Fligende before settling on the current form of its name.
  • It became an official place name in 1906 when the first bridge over the Kävlinge River was built and the railway arrived, complete with a train station. Alas, the train station and the trains are long gone.
  • Flyinge doesn't have its own church or cemetery. The 2 villages bookending it each have one, however, both of them built in the 12th century.

  • 1 = where we live
  • 2 = where we used to live
  • 3 = the snail trail
There! Now all my lovely stalkers know where to find me. Keep in mind that we are well defended.


*This always surprises me. Japan looks so TINY on maps.
**Although they did allow the transport of German troops on their railways during WWII to Norway, but they don't like talking about it now.
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music: Housemartins—Everyday's the Same


hrmf... your village is pointed out on that second map and mine isn't. i guess that makes me stalker proof even though i don't have children to defend me. :-)

Well, I was specifying it in the map search. Yours would probably show up instead of mine if you put it in the search criteria. :)

They also turned over many of their Jewish citizens to the SS in part of the agreement to "stay neutral" (aka "to stay free from attack") They don't like talking about that either.

OK, I just got into it with Tobey and he says I'm wrong. But I could swear I'm right...I swear I read this in the National Holocaust Museum in the States. Now that I'm searching for this, I can't find it anywhere. So perhaps I'm wrong. I've just thought I've known this for, like, 5 or more years, so it's hard to give it up.

However, one thing that is true: in addition to providing transport, Sweden also provided much of the iron ore and ball bearings for Hitler's weaponry. THAT I didn't make up. My point really is that Swedes often say that Sweden remained neutral...but really what they mean is that they were not actively engaged in combat, but Sweden was an undeniable participant in WWII.

But what's really important is that now Tobey knows exactly how to get to your house when WE invade southern Sweden soon.

LOL! No rapeseed left, though :( When are you coming??

I agree, they were an undeniable participant. I think it's too bad that they felt they had no other options to stay "neutral." :(

Hmmm...I knew about the railways, etc, but I had never heard/read that one, either. Although, I'm by NO means any kind of WWII expert.

Could you please tell me...

... how did you end up there? Feel free to point to a previous entry if this is a rehash.

Re: Could you please tell me...

I'm not sure this posted correctly in reply to you, so I'm trying it again.

Here's a little bit about it, that I wrote last year: Love Song to Flyinge.

You know Anders, my husband, is Swedish, right? We met in Chicago when he was there working on an expat contract, and when his contract was up, we chose to move back to Sweden. I'd lived in Europe for 6 years as a teenager, so I was thrilled to have the chance to go back. :) We lived in Malmo the first year, but after Martin was born, we bought the first house in Flyinge, and then built the second.

Re: Could you please tell me...

Hey, that's really great. I think I'd like to see the Stork Project!

It seems the two of you are doing really well, it's good to see people making progress with their young families. :D

Cool information! Where did you come across those maps? I never find any so nice. haha :) And our kommun has maps on their website, too.

Those Flyinge defenders look fierce! I don't think I'd want to mess with them.

I wouldn't dare invade your house with them two defending it! :)

They ARE pretty intimidating, aren't they??

I have a feeling those guards could be bribed with chocolate ;)

Not the one on the right :D However, cinnamon buns would probably do the job, or popsicles. :P

What does the prefix "fly" mean?

The Flyinge website gave me the info that it came from the word "flik" :)


I just said to my wife the other day, "Wife? You know what? Liz and Anders live at the same latitude as Ketchikan, Alaska (or maybe it's "on" the latitude; this is a preposition-optional day for me)." And I've been stalking you for a long time. :-) Thanks for the maps. Love 'em. I'll bet my Jedi powers can take care of those puny (but oh so cute; shame on you) guards, along with my Spidey sense and my x-ray vision.


No one can withstand the power of the Ek side. :D

Hahaha, MY town is big enough to be one of the 9 shown on your big map.

I wouldn't get too cocky if I were you, KRISTIANSTAD is showing, too! :P

That's because my friend, Debbie, lives there, so it's okay.


You live nearby where one of my favorite songs by Östen Warnerbring takes place, "15 minuter från Eslöv" (Twenty-four hours from Tulsa), which would be approximately 10 km if going by moped. The song doesn't say from which direction he travelled though. The lyrics are even more equivocal than the original.

/Anders Carlsson

Yep, we are only 15 minutes from Eslöv! In fact, we're in Eslöv's kommun.

Great post!!!

A picture to strike fear into the hearts of babysitters everywhere! *g*

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