Värmlands län Sweden
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In the town of Arvika, far to the west in Sweden's Vermillandia province near the Norwegian border, St. Michael's Church of stone was built in the mid-1600's. It replaced a wooden church from the Middle Ages and represented Arvika's Western Parish which included rural villages. The only cemetery in town is located around the church. A book about parks and gardens in the province by Samuelsson and Schenkmanis describes it thus: "Some churchyards are so designed that they resemble parks. They are pleasant to wander in and are places for afterthought and peace, and not only the resting place of the dead." Arvika Churchyard has an especially scenic location along the Church Bay of the Glafs Fiord of the largest inland body of water in the country, Lake Vänern. The graveyard's older sections have not been redeveloped in recent times and have thereby kept their more antiquated character. Hedges surround grave blocks, there is a classic stone wall toward the east and north, and an abundance of leaf trees adds to the atmosphere. The cemetery is run by the Church of Sweden through its Arvika Parish.
(J T Demitz)