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Viking enthusiasts welcome new museum

Published onsdag 26 april kl 10.40
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Björn Jakobsen in the open air Foteviken Viking museum.
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Björn Jakobsen in the open air Foteviken Viking museum. Credit: Foteviken museum
Foteviken open air Viking museum in southern Sweden. Credit: Fotevike Musuem.
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Foteviken open air Viking museum in southern Sweden. Credit: Fotevike Musuem.

Björn Jakobsen, president of Sweden’s Viking association, is looking forward to the opening of Vikingaliv, Stockholm’s first museum dedicated solely to the Vikings.

“I have been waiting for Stockholm to react now for the last 20 years,” he said. “I think it is important that Stockholm has taken charge now to show a good picture of the Viking concept.”

Vikingaliv, or Viking Life, will open on Friday and features an 11-minute long ride through Sweden's Viking past and a life-size Viking that has been constructed using DNA from preserved bones.

Björn Jakobsen is also the director of the Foteviken Museum, a reconstructed Viking village in the south of Sweden. He says that museums like these are important to combatting the myths about the Vikings in a fun and educational way.

“We need to give the right picture of the time period from the dress to the food,” he told Radio Sweden. “Of course, they went out raiding, but they were also very good farmers and hunters.”

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