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The Swedish Vikings De foro manligen fjrran efter guld och sterut gvo rnen fda De dogo sderut i Srkland Inscription in a stone outside Gripsholms castle While the Vikings from Norway and Denmark went hunting for new land in the west and southwest the Vikings from present-day Sweden usually went east and south-east There was another aspect to their business abroad While the Danes and the Norwegians usually conquered and colonized the Swedes traded although they were well armed and certainly knew how to fight and didnt seek to establish kingdoms and colonies There were Swedes that went on voyages with the Danes and Norwegians at that time the differences between the countries were much less than they are now but the main stream of Swedish Vikings went eastward They travelled much farther east than any other European people The Swedish Vikings even travelled as far as Jerusalem or Jorsalir as they called it the Caspian sea and Baghdad they called it Srkland Hundreds of Swedes travelled to the eastern Roman city Constantinople or Miklagrd Many of them returned rich from their combined tradingplundering expeditions There are more ancient English coins found in Sweden than there are in England and over 90 of all the coins found in Europe from Baghdad and surroundings have been found in Sweden Gotland to be precise No one knows exactly when Birka was founded but it boomed in the 9th century Birka was situated in one of the more populated areas of Sweden at that time It still is as it is in the Stockhom area with 1 million inhabitants It lay somewhere on the Island Bjrk It
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