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The Vasa sank on its maiden voyage in 1628

The Vasa sank on its maiden voyage in 1628

At Stockholm’s Vasamuseet, you can see a Swedish battleship that sank in 1628 and that was raised from the seabed in the 1960’s.

But you can also see evidence of the end of the cold war and globalisation at this museum.

Throughout the museum, you’ll find multilingual explanations and descriptions of the exhibits. The information is given in Swedish, English, German, French, Spanish, Japanese and Finnish. When the museum opened in 1990, these were the main languages that the visitors to the museum spoke.

Since then, however, the world has changed. Tourists from other parts of the world have entered the stage, and so the Vasa Museum has added two more languages: Chinese and Russian. You can see that they were attached to the information boards later because there is a little gap where the new texts were screwed on to the original information boards.

When I was at the Vasamuseet this past weekend, I thought it was great how these little add-ons show that the Russians and Chinese now have more freedom to travel than twenty years ago.

Now they, too, can finally say “Hello, world.”

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Written by Thorsten

August 6, 2008 at 2:12 pm

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