Småland, a county in southeastern Sweden, touts itself as "the kingdom
of crystal." The romantic appellation may conjure up visions of glittering
fairy-tale castles nestling in drifts of snow. But the reality is far
more prosaic. The turrets that loom high above towns with names like Rosdala,
Älghult and Maleras belong not to castles but to glassmaking...
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