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Öland and Småland, Sweden

56.6N 16.6E

October 16th, 2009 Category: Lakes

Sweden - September 29th, 2009

Sweden - September 29th, 2009

The Swedish island of Öland (right) has an area of 1,342 km² and is located in the Baltic Sea. It is the second largest Swedish island and the smallest of the traditional provinces of Sweden. Öland is separated from the mainland province of Småland by the Kalmar Strait.

Småland is dominated by a forested high plain where the soil is mixed with sand and small boulders, making it barren in all except the coastal areas, and unsuited for agriculture except in certain locations, notably the Kalmar Plains.

The province is rich in lakes and bogs, many of which can be seen in the left half of the image. The coast consists of an archipelago of islands and bays in the north and cultivated flatlands in the south. In total, cultivated land covers 14%, meadows 7% and forest 50%.

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