This is an old map of Skåne, Halland and Blekinge - Skånelanden. The map was published around 1750 by Matthäus Seutter (1678-1757), a German cartographer, copper engraver and publisher. With more than 500 published maps, he is one of the most important map producers in 18th century Germany.
Skånelanden is the name of a cultural and historical region in southern Scandinavia consisting of the counties of Skåne, Halland and Blekinge. The Danish island of Bornholm is also usually included in Skånelanden. These regions were permanently annexed to the Swedish central power at the Peace of Roskilde in 1658. Prior to that, Skåne had been part of the Danish kingdom for over 700 years, ever since Harald Bluetooth's collection of Denmark in the later part of the 10th century.
Skåne men were involved in building up the western part of Danavirki. Skåne men participated in the Danish Viking raids to England. Skåne men and women still carry significant remnants of Danish character and culture.
Skåneland was an independent kingdom for a few short periods, during Olof Haraldsson 1140-43 and during Harald Skrænk 1182-1183. With Sven Grate as a common king, Skåne was 1146-57 in union with Zealand.
Today, Skåne Land can be said to be the child of both Denmark and Sweden, a bridge that unites the two countries both culturally and historically, and a region with a very rich, indigenous cultural heritage.