Sweden is a well-known country today, but not particularly known for its military capabilities. Most people today know Sweden as Ikea, pop music and as a very successful and rich, but relatively small country. However, many people outside of Sweden and the surrounding countries do not know that Sweden was one of the most dreaded military and economic powers in the world a few hundred years ago.
They had control over the trade routes through the Baltic sea and eventually had almost all neighbors in stranglehold. It could be that it has come closer to the Russians than any other world power ever had. While many people are unaware of their strength, the country of Sweden and its powerful army, later known as the Carolingians, was once the most feared force in Northern Europe.
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