With its long coastline and safe harbours, Blekinge’s past and present are faithfully fastened to the sea. Sweden and Denmark once squabbled over the area, a trump card in power games over the Baltic. The region’s own prized possession is the Unesco-lauded naval town of Karlskrona, famed for its baroque design. The region’s second-largest town, Karlshamn, was the exit point for thousands of 19th-century emigrants bound for America. Beyond the urban is a low-key landscape of fish-filled rivers and lakes, brooding forests and a stunning archipelago fit for lazy island-hopping.