In 2019, it is exactly 300 years since the Russian Pillage of the eastern coast of Sweden took place. It was during the summer of 1719 that the Russian fleet ravaged from Gävle in the north to Norrköping in the south. During these 41 days, several towns, manors and factories were burnt down and 20 000 people were rendered homeless. The Russian activities along the coastline was part of Tsar Peter’s plan to pressure Sweden in the peace negotiations that were happening at the same time and to put an end to the Great Nordic War. The war had been going on for nearly 20 years. The collective memory and stories of these events remain in the Swedish archipelago and are spoken of to this day. It is in many ways still a large part of the archipelago’s identity.
In the project Trehundraårsminnet av Rysshärjningarna år 1719 the ravages that happened along the coastline of what is today Stockholms län will be highlighted through activities in the archipelago and different tourist attractions. The purpose of the project is to spread knowledge of the Russian Pillage, increase the number of visitors to the archipelago and give the opportunity to experience the cultural environment based on the historical events of 1719.
If you have any questions or want to be a part of this project, do not hesitate to contact us.