Introduction of Uppland
Province in E Sweden bounded by the Gulf of Bothnia and the Baltic Sea on the E and by the provinces of Sodennanland on the S, Vastmanland on the W, and Gastrikland on the N. Inhabited since the Stone Age and active in trade with areas to the S by 2000 b.c., it became the early center of the pagan kingdom of Svea, or Sweden (ninth century a.d.), uniting nearby states, with its capital at Uppsala. It was weakened by religious conflicts after the arrival of Christianity, but recovered to become the seat of the church and government.

Uppland Images