10 Interesting Facts about the Micronation of Ladonia
- Ladonia is a micronation in Sweden. It is 1 square kilometre in size.
- You will know you are in Ladonia when you see these sculptures– Nimix and Arx.
- The local Swedish council declared Nimix to be a building, which was not allowed in the nature reserve in 1980.
- The artist, Lars Vilks, went to court, but lost.
- In 1996, Vilks, declared the area around the sculptures to be Ladonia, in protest.
- In 1999, Vilks created another sculpture, Omphalos. Again, the council wanted it removed. Vilks said that he would blow it up on the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize, with 100 tons of dynamite.
- Before he could do that, the council removed Omphalos secretly. Vilks wanted to create a memorial to Omphalos. He got permission, but the monument could only be 3 inches high.
- Ladonia has two national anthems, one of which is the sound made by throwing a stone in water. The other is a song on Ladonia’s freedom.
- The Ladonian language has only two words- “waaaall” and “ÿp.” The official language is phrased Latin. As its 17,000 citizens are across the world, English, Swedish, German, and French are also accepted.
- Ladonia has a queen and a president. The queen, Ywonne I, disappeared in 2011. A new queen, Carolyn I, was crowned from the Council of Ministers.
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