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Last Friday the spring semester ended in Stockholm's schools. All over the city young women and men aged 19 graduated from high school, ready to proceed to universities or other forms of higher studies, or maybe to start looking for jobs.

Walking through Gamla stan (Old Town) in the morning, on the way to my dentist in the city centre, I saw these preparations for graduation celebrations. I thought that someone living in this house was leaving school that day, but on my way back I realized there is a private high school located in this 17th century building. I later found out that there are also several apartments for "ordinary people".

The Swedish word 'student' (pronounced quite differently from the similar looking English word) means 'graduate'. The word is used for everyone doing higher studies up to a masters degree, or an equivalent.

The following paragraph may be boring to you, but I was interested to find out that this house was built around 1630 for a man named Lennart Torstensson. At that time he was a colonel in the Swedish army but rose through the ranks to eventually become a field marshal. He was the supreme commander of the Swedish troops during the 30 years war (1618–1648), being basically responsible for innumerable deaths and much destruction in parts of present Poland, Germany and Czechia. After his military career he was Governor-General of four provinces along the sensitive border with Denmark and Danish controlled Norway.

In the WS is a photo taken on my way back, showing no people but a bit more of the wall.

Click Map: view to see approximately where this was taken.


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