I he object of the Handbook for Norway, Sweden, and
Denmark, which now appears for the ninth time, carefully
revised and partlyrewritten, is to give the traveller information
about the most interesting scenery and characteristics of these
countries, with a few notes on their history, languages, and
customs. Like the Editor's other handbooks, it is based on
personal acquaintance with the countries described, the chief
places in which he has visited repeatedly. His efforts to secure
the accuracy and completeness of the work have been supple¬
mented by the kind assistance of several correspondents and
friends, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, English, and German,
to whom his best thanks are due. Hewill also gratefully receive
any corrections or suggestions with which travellers may
favour him. Within the last few years Norway has grown
rapidly in popularity with the travelling public, and a number
of new roads, railways, and steamboat-routes, with correspond¬
ing hotels, have recently been opened. The most important
of these are carefully noted in the present edition. It should
be observed, hower, that the routes in the Handbook are
generally framed with reference to the summer-service only;
before mid-June and after August the travelling facilities,
especially on the fjords and lakes, are much more limited.
The present volume, like Baedeker's Switzerland, may
be used either as a whole, or in sections, which for the con¬
venience of travellers may be removed from the volume
without falling to pieces. These sections are — (1) Introduc¬
tory Part, pp. i-lx; (2) S., E., and Central Norway, as far as
Trondhjem, pp. 1 to 104; (3) W. Norway, as far as Trond-
hjem, pp. 105 to208; (4) N. Norway, Iceland, and Spitzbergen,
pp. 209 to 258; (5) Sweden, pp. 259 to 394; (6i Denmark,
On the Maps and Plans the Editor has bestowed special
care, and he believes they will amply suffice for the use of
all ordinary travellers.
In the letter-press Heights are given approximately in
English feet, in the maps in metres (1 metre = 3.28 Engl. ft.;
1 Norw. ft. = 1.029 Engl. ft.; 1 Swed. ft. = 0.974 Engl. ft.).
Distances are given in kilometres, as the tariffs for carioles
and boats are now calculated on the metric system (comp.
p. vi). The Populations and other statistics are from the
latest official sources.