Finland Swedish-literature

Swedish literature is not only produced in Sweden. Another rich source is Finland, where many prominent writers have been writing in Swedish for generations. The Swedish speaking minority in Finland is not as large as it used to be, but Swedish is still classified as an official language. One of my favorite writers is the poet Gunnar Björling (1887-1960), who was also interested in Japanese poetry. In fact, he was one of the first introducers of haiku and published several himself. For instance, “I höstblåsten / rullar en tunna / utan botten” (In the autumn wind/a barrel keeps rolling/without bottom), or “Vildgässen flyger / lågt över järnvägsspåren / i månskensnatten” (The wild geese/fly low over the railway tracks/on a moonlit night).

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