By Anastacia Sampson
Glass In Sweden
Glass making has long been a traditional craft in the country, however the beginning of this craft came to the country later compared to other European countries. The history of Swedish glass making dates back to the 1500s when affluent nobility hired skilled glass makers, mainly from Italy and Germany.
Original glassworks were centred around Stockholm, however they soon expanded across the country and by the late 19th century most glassworks were in central southern Sweden, in the province of Småland. Småland was once the site of most of the iron works of the country and as they began to close, glassworks took over the sites of the iron works with the already set up infrastructure and they could re-hire the cheap labour force. To this day the majority of glassworks are still in this area, which is often referred to as the Kingdom of Crystal