|02.07.2016 : Nordic Power
Trade around the Baltic Sea was very well organized already in mediaeval times. The city of Luebeck/Germany was the power-house of the Hanse-Club (1358-1669) , a network of cities around the Baltic Sea like Bergen, Rostock, Riga, Tallin cooperating via special trade agreements like today nations do within the EU or the WTO .
In Kalmar/Sweden the Kalmar Union (1397- 1523) united Denmark, Norway, Sweden ( to which at that time also Finland did belong - like the castle on the photo) . Learnings : already 800 years ago farsighted leaders did overcome the local/ national segmentation for international trade. Even when the Kalmar Union lasted only for a century it did have an impact onto the ethnological behaviour which today we call the Scandinavian profil.