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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of southeast Sweden on western Gotland Island on the Baltic Sea. It was a member of the Hanseatic League and a commercial center from the 10th to the 14th century but declined after its capture by the Danes in 1362. Visby was a pirate stronghold for the next two centuries and passed to Sweden in 1645. It is a resort and an industrial center. Population: 22,200.

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  • Currently, the most expensive property on his books is a 211-hectare farm a short drive from Visby.

    Summering in Style in Scandinavia

  • The downside is that Visby gets overcrowded—there are just too many BMWs and Audis on the road during the summer season!

    Summering in Style in Scandinavia

  • Mr. Hansson, 66, is a Gotland native, but he also has homes on the Thai island of Phuket, in Cannes, in Stockholm and in the small city of Visby, Gotland's walled medieval capital, where his pan-Scandinavian financial-services company, PayEx, has its headquarters.

    Summering in Style in Scandinavia

  • Mr. Bertwig, a Gotland native, says sought-after properties are old farms near the sea or medieval houses in Visby, which was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1995.

    Summering in Style in Scandinavia

  • The north of Gotland is one of the island's most expensive locations, says Visby realtor Leif Bertwig, who handles high-end and historical properties on Gotland and Fårö.

    Summering in Style in Scandinavia

  • The general minimalist style of Gotland's noteworthy new homes is a departure, says Stefan Haase, a curator at Visby's Gotland Museum.

    Summering in Style in Scandinavia

  • Comprised of a main 10-room house and several outlying buildings, the property is "near to Visby, but in the real countryside."

    Summering in Style in Scandinavia

  • The prized pale-gray limestone and its derivatives were often disguised by tinted whitewash—a technique that still marks the homes of Mr. Hansson, who insists on using traditional methods at his farm, as well as in PayEx's Visby offices.

    Summering in Style in Scandinavia

  • Visby, the capital, is a beautiful walled town and every August they stage a 'medieval week' which sounds a bit naff but was actually good, clean family fun.

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  • • A cottage sleeping four in July costs about £800 and the ferry from Stockholm to Visby costs about £148 return for a car plus five passengers.

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