Today is the hundredth anniversary of Bondetåget, a nationwide demonstration in favour of increased armament spending. Masses of farmers descended on Stockholm to urge King Gustav V to do something about Liberal prime minister Karl Staaff, who was pennypinching on the dreadnoughts. Explorer Sven Hedin cowrote the Courtyard Speech, which the King read to the assembled just before he installed a Conservative government. Sweden stayed out of World War One, but made a lot of money selling arms. Source.
Open-Air Studio by William Blair Bruce (1859-1906). That glowing white scrim seems too modern for the rest of the picture, as if she's using some kind of nineteenth-century microfilm reader. This painting is in the collection of the Nationalmuseum in Stockholm along with some of his others, and another large donation of his canvasses became the core of the Art Gallery of Hamilton.
The Large Salon of the Göteborgs Konsthall, which opened beside the Göteborgs Konstmuseum on this date as part of the 1923 Gothenburg Exhibition. The building has always been used for contemporary art, and the first featured artist was Edvard Munch. It's still going today.
They nicknamed Skellefteå Guldstaden, meaning Gold Town, because they gazed into the future and saw their team win the 2013 Swedish hockey championship! And also because of the mining.
This year's Swedish hockey championship came down to a finale between the two northernmost clubs in the Elitserien: Skellefteå and Luleå. It was SAIK's third straight appearance in the finals. They had lost to Brynäs in 2012 and Färjestad the year before. The only time SAIK had ever won the Swedish championship was 1978. Luleå won their only championship in 1996.
April 13th, Skellefteå took the first game 1 - 0 in overtime. The next day SAIK won 2 - 4 in Luleå. SAIK won game three 2 - 1 on Tuesday. Yesterday SAIK swept the series with a 0 - 4 win in Luleå. Victory!
After sweeping Brynäs in their quarterfinal, SAIK are matched with Linköpings HC. LHC finished fifth in the regular season and advanced to the semifinals by upsetting HV71.
March 28th: Linköping won the first game 2 - 3 in Skellefteå.
March 30th: Skellefteå won 2 - 3 in Linköping.
April 1st: Skellefteå won 3 - 2 at home.
April 3rd: Skellefteå won 2 - 3 in Linköping.
Today is Game 5. SAIK can wrap up the series with a win. [Which they get, winning 3 - 1 at home.]
Leksands IF and Örebro HK have won the Kval till Elitserien, sending Timrå IK and Rögle BK down to the HockeyAllsvenskan for next year. LIF used to be a permanent fixture of the top league, but their streak of perfect attendance ended about when the century turned, and they have not been in the Elitserien at all since 2005-06. Örebro HK will be making their first appearance. (The old club Örebro IK were in the Elitserien a couple of years in the Seventies.) Timrå come to the end of a run of thirteen seasons in the top division. Rögle, who have been bouncing between the two leagues, return to the HockeyAllsvenskan after a year's absence.
Today is the final round of the Kval till HockeyAllsvenskan. Björklöven lead, but they can still be knocked off by Karlskrona and Tingsryd. [Björklöven win. They and incumbent Karlskrona will be in next year's HockeyAllsvenskan. With Björklöven, Timrå and Rögle joining it, eight out of its fourteen clubs are former Elitserien members, and five of them former Swedish champions.]