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Subject: The legendary war between Sweden and San Marino
Category: Relationships and Society > Government
Asked by: blh42-ga
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Posted: 11 Feb 2005 05:04 PST
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Question ID: 472835
There is a legent that says, during the late 1700 when Napoleon was
having alot of wars in Europe. A war between Sweden and San Marino was
decleared but when Napoleon deceased the war was all forgotten and
never ended until these days. Some say the war never existed. Some say
Sweden are still at war with San Marino. Could  you please bring some
clarity to this question?
Subject: Re: The legendary war between Sweden and San Marino
Answered By: scriptor-ga on 11 Feb 2005 05:46 PST
Dear blh42,

I am sorry to say that there is nothing true about this story. I also
found a variant of it, claiming that San Marino and Sweden had been
formally at war since the mid-17th century because San Marino had been
allied with countries that fought Sweden in the Thirty Years' War
(1618-1648), but did not sign the Peace Treaty of Westphalia since it
had not participated in any military action. Therefore, this version
of the legend says, San Marino and Sweden have stayed in a formal
state of war until 1996, when the two nations officially declared the
war ended. This version can even be found in sources like the
Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia:

However, neither that version nor the variant connected with the
Napoleonic Wars is true. It is only an amusing popular myth, as
Swedish historian Ulf Sundberg explained in his 1997 book "Svenska
freder och stillestånd 1249-1814". The myth about the almost endless
war between Sweden and tiny San Marino completely ignores the fact
that neutral San Marino has not been involved in any conflicts since

Ulf Sundberg's text on the myth of the Swedish-San Marinese war can be
found, for example, on the website of the Swedish Library of Military
History (unfortunately, only in Swedish):

I hope this answers your question!


Swedish Library of Military History: Freden med San Marino

Timelines of History: Timeline Germany to 1820

Wikipedia: San Marino History Search

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Subject: Re: The legendary war between Sweden and San Marino
From: rai130-ga on 11 Feb 2005 07:16 PST
I think the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed was at war with Russia until
the mid-1980s... not thats any use to you....

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