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Coordinates: 59°31′25″N 18°36′33″E / 59.523736°N 18.609249°E / 59.523736; 18.609249
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59°31′25″N 18°36′33″E / 59.523736°N 18.609249°E / 59.523736; 18.609249

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I hereby confirm my COI in articles Airavata Elephant Foundation, Albert Köhl (paternal grandfather), Birger Nordholm (maternal grandfather), Dan Koehl (article about me), Edouard Dieffenbach (grandfathers cousin), Ljusterö , Kolmarden Zoo, Kulen Elephant Forest, Skansen, Swedish Wikipedia and Tiergarten Schönbrunn.

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During August I am busy correcting typos with AWB and JWB, on new pages and recent pages, as well as patrolling with Stiki and Huggle as well as reviewing new pages.

Enwiki Wikiprojects: Organizing and refreshing the meta:Wikiproject Genealogy project, adding to Wikiproject Zoo, and importing and translating articles about zoos from other languages.

Other projects: Updating articles with factbox, as well as patrolling on dawiki, and deleting files on Wikispecies.

Dan Koehl
id nr 5705
— Patroller  —
Dan Albert John Koehl
Stockholm, Sweden
Country Cambodia
Current locationSiem Reap, Cambodia
LanguagesEnglish, German, Swedish
Time zoneUTC+07:00
Blood typeO−
Family and friends
Marital statussingle
Education and employment
OccupationTourist informer, Sea captain, Zookeeper, elephant trainer consultant, webprogrammer
EmployerKulen Elephant Forest
EducationZookeeper (1976-1979)
High schoolEnskede Gård, Stockholm
UniversityStockholm University
Hobbies, favourites and beliefs
HobbiesBoating, genealogy

Biology, animals and Zoos, History, Archeology and Genealogy, travel, ships and boating. I am member in Swedish Naval Volunteers

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First edit2002-09-30
File mover2016-06-02
New page reviewer2016-11-22
Page mover2017-01-26
Pending changes reviewer2014-12-12
Edit count+ 39. 000
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Thank you for your interest reading to this point

Jumping Irrawaddy dolphin pictured in Mekong river, Kratie, Cambodja, during my visit in 2011.

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I am Dan Koehl, a Swedish man, 🐘 elephant lover and trainer, php-programmer and website developer, living and working in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

During summer 2002, I started to contribute to wikis like Meatball and Nupedia, and made my first edit September 29, 2002, 5:32 pm, to a Wikimedia project as not registered user with ip: chello062178255091.7.12.vie.surfer.at on article sv:Medeltid on the Swedish Wikipedia and 2,5 hours later an edit on sv:Biologi as registered User:Koehl. (link to source with archived page for http://sv.wikipedia.com)

The next day, 30 September 2002, I made my first edit on the English Wikipedia on my user page User:Koehl, and made my first article edit 11 October 2002 as User:Koehl on the article Proboscidea, which make me the 90th earliest user still 'active', and not the 106'th stated on this list..

During 2002, a Swedish Wiki community developed around a Swedish wiki, called Susning.nu, since the Swedish Wikipedia was more or less inactive. After an advertising banner was exposed on Susning.nu 21st November, I moved permanently to Wikipedia and brought a number of very active editors with me, in order to develop the svwiki. Susning.nu closed later, partly due to less traffic, after Swedish users started to use the Swedish Wikipedia more. I also made my first edit here 21st November 2002 as User:Dan Koehl with Wikipedia id nr 5705.

My main interests has since then been biology, taxonomy and animal related articles such as Zoos, freshwater aquarium fish species, as well as genealogy and ancestry for Middle Ages biograpies of knights, kings, Nobility and other medieval people. I founded Wikipedia:WikiProject Genealogy 9 December 2002‎, where I am now coordinator, and Im also coordinator for Wikiproject Zoo and try to maintain the Portal:Zoos and aquariums.

I have joined the Typo Team and I hunt typos with AWB, and adopted Sweeden, Scandanavia. I have also spent some time fighting vandalism with STiki and other anti-vandalism tools, and make reports to Administrator intervention against vandalism in case of persistent vandalism, Edit warring, and Requests for page protection. I also review new pages and tried to decrease New Pages Feed backlog and participated as AfC reviewer.

I also own and manage a couple of wikis and other websites on my own, already in 1995 I started my first website http://www.elephant.se which has developed into the worlds largest elephant database, which has been used also a source for scientific research.

  • September 29, 2022: Celebrated 20 years as contributor on Wikipedia.


Im also active:


2015-2019 I was also a member of the Volunteer Response Team with rights on +All users, +info-da, +info-en (l), +info-no, +info-sv (f), +Wikispecies, +Wikivoyage, +Commons queues.


Swedish Wikipedia[edit]

After a commercial banner was exposed on Susning.nu, where I was one of the major contributors, the 20th November 2002, I moved over to Swedish Wikipedia, where I became one of its "Founding fathers". Although Jimmy Wales had mentioned advertisment on Wikipedia earlier in 2001, I trusted that Wikipedia would remain a non-profit organization, and I liked the Wikipedia:Five pillars.

Back in 2002 Swedish Wikipedia was still the perl interface UseMod at sv.wikipedia.com, I helped to translate the Perl script to PHP MediaWiki and became member nr 3 and the first sysop on Swedish Wikipedia, and I started to implement species factbox on the Swedish Wikipedia 15 December 2002, and since then I have been active submitting new species to the project, and updating existing.

I have created over 2000 articles since then with accounts Koehl, Dan Köhl and Dan Koehl.

21st of January 2017, I was blocked on the svwiki for one year, and this has been going on since then, see [1], Swedish Wikipedia blocking policy violation and Administrator abuse (2020), Swedish Wikipedia blocking policy violation and Administrator abuse (2017). Swedish Wikipedia has no dispute resolution, no third opinion assistance, no rules against harassment or outing. See also Talk:Swedish_Wikipedia...

Already in November 2002, I started a users democracy project on the svWiki, which I called The Thing. This was 4 years before anything similar on other Wikipedia sections, since (cite) Until the beginning of 2004, Jimbo Wales dealt with all serious disputes other than simple vandalism (straightforward vandals could be blocked by any administrator). He was also the only person with the authority to ban users. In December 2003 he delegated[1] that role in dispute handling to an Arbitration Committee, with initial membership of volunteer experienced users. Wales wrote in January 2000.

The Arbitration Committee [...] can impose a solution that I'll consider to be binding, with of course the exception that I reserve the right of executive clemency and indeed even to dissolve the whole thing if it turns out to be a disaster. But I regard that as unlikely, and I plan to do it about as often as the Queen of England dissolves Parliament against their wishes, i.e., basically never, but it is one last safety valve for our values.

(stop cite)

Unfortunately the Swedish Thing (where ALL users could state their opinion, and take part in a decissions process) was replaced by a local ARBcommitte in May 2005.

In April 2007, Wales confirmed that the Committee could overturn any decision he makes in his traditional capacity within Wikipedia.

And unfortunately the Swedish ARB was replaced by nothing in August 2008, and since then, as a Wikipedia user stated in January 2017, there is much more limited democracy on the Swedish Wikipedia than similar language projects.

Dan Koehl has signed the Petition against Ignore All Rules abuse.

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The Anti-Vandalism Barnstar
You're in before me half the time right now. Nice to know someone else is watching right now. Jerod Lycett (talk) 19:07, 20 September 2018 (UTC)
Thank You
Thank you for reviewing articles during the 2018 NPP New Year Backlog Drive. Always more to do, but thanks for participating. — Insertcleverphrasehere (or here) 05:16, 31 January 2018 (UTC)
The Silver STiki Barnstar of Merit
Congratulations, Dan Koehl! You're receiving this barnstar of merit because you recently crossed the 10,000 classification threshold using STiki.

We thank you both for your contributions to Wikipedia at-large and your use of the tool.

We hope you continue your ascent up the leaderboard and stay in touch at the talk page. Thank you and keep up the good work! West.andrew.g (talk) 13:44, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

The Copyeditor's Barnstar
Thanks for all of your helpful copyedits! Marquardtika (talk) 22:11, 9 October 2017 (UTC)
The Original Barnstar
Thanks for tidying up my page on Alice Diop!!! YellowFratello (talk) 15:33, 6 March 2017 (UTC)
The Bronze STiki Barnstar of Merit
Congratulations, Dan Koehl! You're receiving this barnstar of merit because you recently crossed the 5,000 classification threshold using STiki.

We thank you both for your contributions to Wikipedia at-large and your use of the tool.

We hope you continue your ascent up the leaderboard and stay in touch at the talk page. Thank you and keep up the good work! West.andrew.g (talk) 15:51, 27 February 2017 (UTC)

The Anti-Vandalism + STiki Barnstar

Congratulations, Dan Koehl! You're receiving this barnstar because you recently crossed the 1,000 classification threshold using STiki. We thank you both for your contributions to Wikipedia at-large and your use of the tool. We hope you continue your ascent up the leaderboard and stay in touch at the talk page. Thank you and keep up the good work! West.andrew.g (developer) and Ugog Nizdast (talk) 06:52, 20 February 2017 (UTC)

This editor has been identified as an Awesome Wikipedian on 25 October 2016.
Thanks for visiting my page and making it error less. Yavarai (talk) 05:32, 16 October 2016 (UTC)
The Barnstar of Diplomacy
For stepping in to help mediate an edit war between two IP users. Your messages were an example of helpfulness, civility, and good faith, and rendered administrator intervention unnecessary. Efforts such as these really help to foster the collaborative environment that we strive for here, and for that, I award you the Barnstar of Diplomacy. Thanks, and keep up the good work! Swarm X 03:32, 24 March 2015 (UTC)
The Cambodia Barnstar The Cambodian Barnstar of National Merit
I, Ʋaaŋsieŋsaroeung hereby award the Barnstar of National Merit in recognition of your contributions to Cambodia. Ʋaaŋsieŋsaroeung (talk), 16 August 2014 (UTC)
this WikiAward was given to Dan Koehl by User:Ʋaaŋsieŋsaroeung (talk), 16 August 2014 (UTC)
Started articles on enwiki.
Year Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
2002 1 1
2003 3 3 6
2004 1 1
2005 1 1
2009 1 1
2014 3 2 1 35 41
2015 0
2016 4 4
2017 3 1 4
2018 1 1 4 7
2019 1 1 1 5 9
2020 1 1 2
2021 1 1
Total 5 9 3 3 3 1 2 1 5 36 70

Articles per year[edit]

The records can be verified at wmflabs.org


  1. Birger Nordholm


  1. Jumbo
  2. Victoria of Baden
  3. Abul-Abbas
  4. Canute II of Sweden
  5. Valdemar, King of Sweden
  6. Eric XI of Sweden


  1. Folkung


  1. Pantera foundation


  1. SS Orion


  1. Kampot Zoo
  2. Bayap Zoo
  3. Koh Kong Safari World
  4. Paul Matte
  5. Kolmarden Tropicarium
  6. Tiergarten Walding
  7. Alpenzoo Innsbruck
  8. Furuviksparken
  9. Frösö Zoo
  10. Ystad Djurpark
  11. Parken Zoo
  12. Lycksele Zoo
  13. Ölands Djur- och nöjespark
  14. Gutezoo
  15. Grönåsens Älgpark
  16. Junsele Djurpark
  17. Slottsskogens Djurpark
  18. Skandinavisk Dyrepark
  19. Tropicario
  20. Escurial Zoo and Flower Park
  21. Brno Zoo
  22. Děčín Zoo
  23. Grodno Zoo
  24. Planckendael Zoo
  25. Ostrava Zoo
  26. Liberec Zoo
  27. Plzeň Zoo
  28. Zlín-Lešná Zoo
  29. Jihlava Zoo
  30. Chleby Zoo
  31. Hodonín Zoo
  32. Herberstein Zoo
  33. Schmiding Zoo
  34. Lovech Zoo
  35. Varna Zoo
  36. Pleven Zoo
  37. Plovdiv Zoo
  38. Stara Zagora Zoo
  39. Chomutov Zoo
  40. Olomouc Zoo,
  41. Augsburg Zoo


  1. Réserve Africaine de Sigean
  2. Zoo de Cerza
  3. Zoo de Doué
  4. Zoo de la Flèche


  1. Dessau Zoo
  2. Kaiserslautern Zoo
  3. Cottbus Zoo
  4. Etelsen Tierpark


  1. Moälven (ship)
  2. Jonas Nordin
  3. Will Travers
  4. Ang Non II
  5. Norodom Ekcharin
  6. Outey II
  7. Norodom Yukanthor


  1. Airavata Elephant Foundation
  2. Elephant Research Foundation


  1. Niels Bolwig
  2. Elephant Managers Association


  1. Hugo Schmitt

(created articles, articles I created during the last 60 days)

Templates: 1.Template:Zoos_of_Cambodia, 2.Template:Zoos_of_Germany, 3.Template:Zoos of Czech Republic, 4.Template:Zoos of Belarus‎, 5.Template:Zoos of Belgium, 6.Template:Zoos of Bulgaria, 7. Template:User Swedish Wikipedians in exile

Planned articles on enwiki.

Page import[edit]

Template Zoos of Germany[edit]

Template Infobox zoo[edit]

{{Infobox zoo
| name             = {{subst:PAGENAME}}
| logo             = 
| logo_width       = 
| logo_caption     = 
| image            = 
| image_width      = 
| image_caption    = 
| slogan           =
| date_opened      = 
| date_opening     = 
| date_closed      = 
| location         = [[x]], [[Germany]]
| coordinates      = {{Coord|x|x|x|N|x|x|x|E|type:landmark_region:DE-BE_scale:5000|display=it}}
| area             = {{Convert|0|ha|acre|1}}
| floorspace       = 
| num_animals      = 
| num_species      = 
| largest_tank_vol = 
| total_tank_vol   = 
| annual_visitors  = 
| members          = [[European Association of Zoos and Aquaria|EAZA]],<ref name="eaza_list"/> [[World Association of Zoos and Aquariums|WAZA]]<ref name="waza_list"/>
| exhibits         = 
| owner            =
| director         =
| management       =
| publictransit    =
| website          = {{URL|www.example.com}}
The '''{{subst:PAGENAME}}''' ({{lang-de|german name}}) is a [[zoo]] in [[x]], [[Germany]].

The Zoo was founded in , and covers {{Convert|0|ha|acre|1}}.

== Pictures ==
<gallery mode=packed>

== See also ==
* [[List of zoos in Germany]]

<ref name="eaza_list">
 {{Cite web|url=http://www.eaza.net/membership/Pages/Zoos%20and%20Aquariums.aspx
 |title=EAZA Member Zoos & Aquariums
 |publisher=European Association of Zoos and Aquaria
 |accessdate=5 September 2010
<ref name="waza_list">
 {{Cite web|url=http://www.waza.org/en/site/zoos-aquariums
 |title=Zoos and Aquariums of the World
 |accessdate=5 September 2010

==External links==
{{Commons category-inline|x}}
{{Commons category|x}}
*{{Official website|www}} {{de icon}}
* [http://www.zoo-infos.de/zoos-en/215.html {{subst:PAGENAME}} at Zoo-Infos.de (in English)]

{{Zoos of Germany}}




[[Category:Zoos in Germany]]
[[Category:Zoos established in year ]]
[[Category:Tourist attractions in x|Zoological Garden]]
[[Category:Buildings and structures in x|Zoological Garden]]

{{New unreviewed article}}

Talk page[edit]

{{Talk header}}
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{{WikiProject Germany|class=start|importance=low|B-Class-2=no|mapneeded=yes}}
<!-- 2. It reasonably covers the topic, and does not contain major omissions or inaccuracies. -->

{{translated page|de|name of the zoo}}

Planned Zoo articles[edit]

Lists from List of zoos and Liste zoologischer Gärten und Aquarien in Europa


User Dan Koehl/Euregiozoo Animal Park, Aachen, User Dan Koehl/Lower Bavarian Bird Park, User Dan Koehl/Abtsdorf Wildlife Park, User Dan Koehl/Ahlen-Langst Animal Enclosure, User Dan Koehl/Rabenstein Castle Falconry, User Dan Koehl/Alb Aquarium, User Dan Koehl/Allensbach Wildlife and Leisure Park, User Dan Koehl/Alsdorfer Weiher Zoo, User Dan Koehl/Altenburg Island Zoo, User Dan Koehl/Altenweddingen Zoo, User Dan Koehl/Altlußheim Bird Park, User Dan Koehl/Oderbruch Zoo, User Dan Koehl/Amelinghausen Owl Garden, User Dan Koehl/Ammerbuch Wildlife Park, User Dan Koehl/Angermünde Zoo, User Dan Koehl/NABU Information Centre, Blumberger Mühle, User Dan Koehl/Anklam Animal Park, User Dan Koehl/Wildlife Park am Pöhlberg, User Dan Koehl/Zoo Fasanerie, User Dan Koehl/Aschersleben Zoo, User Dan Koehl/Saxon Eagle and Hunting Falconry, User Dan Koehl/Aulendorf Wildlife Park, User Dan Koehl/Mountain Zoo, User Dan Koehl/Greifenstein Castle Falconry, User Dan Koehl/Damhirschgehege Bad Driburg, User Dan 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Dan Koehl/Fulda HeimatZoo, User Dan Koehl/Fürstenwalde HeimatZoo, User Dan Koehl/Fürth-Erlenbach Mountain Zoo, User Dan Koehl/Finsterwalde Zoo, User Dan Koehl/Gangelt Wildlife Park, User Dan Koehl/Gera Zoo, User Dan Koehl/Gerolstein Eagle and Wolf Park, User Dan Koehl/Gersbach Park in the South Black Forest Nature Park, User Dan Koehl/Gersfeld Wildlife Park, User Dan Koehl/Gettorf Zoo, User Dan Koehl/Eifel Park, User Dan Koehl/Göppingen Zoo, User Dan Koehl/Görlitz Zoo, User Dan Koehl/Gotha Zoo, User Dan Koehl/Wildfreigehege Bend, User Dan Koehl/Gronau Zoo, User Dan Koehl/Schorfheide Wildlife Park, User Dan Koehl/Fasanerie Groß-Gerau, User Dan Koehl/Natur- and Umweltpark Güstrow, User Dan Koehl/Zoo Halberstadt, User Dan Koehl/Halle Zoo, User Dan Koehl/Schwarze Berge Wildlife Park, User Dan Koehl/Hamm Zoo, User Dan Koehl/Alte Fasanerie Wildlife Park, User Dan Koehl/Hanover Animal Park,User Dan Koehl/Helgoland Aquarium, User Dan Koehl/Hellenthal Wildlife Park, User Dan Koehl/Herborn Bird 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Badaling Safari World,Bifengxia Wild Animal Park,Chengdu Zoo,Dalian Forest Zoo,Harbin Northern Forest Zoo,Guangzhou Zoo,Guangzhou Panyu Chime-long Night Zoo,Guangzhou Xiangjian Safari Park,Jinan Safari Park,Kunming Zoo,Nanning Zoo,Qingdao Forest Wildlife World,Qingdao Zoo,Shanghai Wild Animal Park,Shijiazhuang Zoo, Aizawl Zoo,Birsa Deer Park, Jhargram Zoo,Kankaria Zoo,Ranchi Zoo,Tata Steel Zoological Park,Thim Park,Bali Zoo,Vakil Abad Zoo,Amol Zoo,Bandar Abbas Zoo,Darabad Museum of Wildlife,Isfahan Zoo

Translated corresponding articles from International Wikipedia.

Source: Wikipedia:Requests_for_page_importation

Translated articles
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23 Imported files[edit]

  1. 2015-01-14: Heidelberg Zoo diff 1
  2. 2015-01-16: Rostock Zoo diff 2
  3. 2015-01-18: Krefeld Zoo diff 3
  4. 2015-01-18: Osnabrück Zoo diff 4
  5. 2015-03-03: Laurent Koehl diff 5 (Uploaded by Chichbyaccident)
  6. 2015-03-03: Émile Koehl diff 6
  7. 2015-03-15: Pierre Carbonnier diff 7
  8. 2015-03-30: Ditmar Koel diff 8
  9. 2015-03-30: Alfred Brazier Howell diff 9 (never translated)
  10. 2017-01-24: Safari de Peaugres 10
  11. 2017-01-25: Parc animalier de Sainte-Croix 11
  12. 2017-01-25: Lyon Zoo 12
  13. 2017-01-26: Ohrada Zoo 13
  14. 2017-01-28: Vyškov Zoo 14
  15. 2017-01-28: Zájezd Zoo 15
  16. 2017-01-28: Magdeburg Zoo 16
  17. 2017-01-30: Münster Zoo 17
  18. 2017-02-03: Opel_Zoo 18
  19. 2017-02-03: Saarbrücken Zoo 19
  20. 2017-02-04: Chemnitz Zoo 20
  21. 2017-02-04: Görlitz Zoo 21
  22. 2017-02-04: Ströhen Zoo 22
  23. 2017-02-04: Zittau Zoo 23
Some of my uploaded pictures on Commons

Since I uploaded my first picture, a photo of a African forest elephant in 2002, it would last many years until I uploaded more pictures. 2014 became the turning point.




My agendas on Wikipedia

Wikipedia should be NPOV and not POV push for a antropogene global warming (AGW) in relevant articles. I believe it is important to inform about strong opinons and agendas on Wikipedia. My two agendas are, that apart from that the earth has repeatedly changed climat during its entire existing, the heavily marketing regarding the global warming during the eighties, has no origin in human activities at all, and since 18 years there has been no global warming at all, in spite of the highest levels of C02, why I regard the C02-theory debunked. I never actually saw the C02-theory a result of scientist, but merely a political manipulation by a few, like IPCC, of the public.

I want biased POV articles like Viking to become NPOV; so that you can read about true, documented Vikings, on the page about vikings, and not read myths, fantasies, or a lot of stuff that refer to norse people in general. Now the article Norseman is even redirected to viking article, which is not correct: Viking is an oldenglish word that means pirat, and the latin word piratae is directly translated to viking in numerous documents, during medevial time. I argue that the article Viking, should supply information about vikings and not about a late misinterpreted ideas about who Vikings were, or any fantasies people may have. I object to that article viking expands the original meaning, including more or less every Norseman during viking time; (people of north Germanic descent, people of the Norse culture, scandinavians, scandinavian kings, tradesmen, settlers, founder of cities, explorers of America), since viking has only one meaning: it means pirat. A pirat can be from just anywhere. And a Norseman, or scandinavian person during medevial time who didnt perform piracy should not be refered to as a viking.

Vikings were, and is, only the old English, and Norse word for pirats and nothing more, and nothing less[edit]

What the experts say[edit]

The term ”Viking” appears in Anglo-Saxon or Norse sources in the so-called Viking Age. Here it simply denotes pirates, no more, no less. It had no geographic or ethnic connotations that linked it to Scandinavia or Scandinavians. By contrast, in these sources we find it used anywhere about anyone who to an Anglo-Saxon or a Scandiniavian appeared as a pirate. Therefore we find it used about Israelites crossing the Red Sea; Muslims in Galleys* encountering Norwegian crusaders in the Mediterranean; Caucasian pirates encountering the famous Swedish Ingvar-Expedition, and Estonian and Baltic pirates attacking Scandinavians in the Baltic Sea. Thus the term was never used to denote Scandinavians as such. Therefore, if we wish to maintain Viking-Age studies on a scholarly level, we must stop acting as an appendix to the tourist industry by using the term Viking as if it was synonymous with Scandinavian and Scandinavians.

Source: doctor in History, Copenhagen University, https://www.academia.edu/8906219/_Vikings_and_the_Viking_Age

Swedish History Museum writes on their Web: Ordet viking finns på några få runstenar från perioden och verkar oftast betyda ungefär ”sjörövare”. Det var alltså inte namnet på ett folk eller en grupp.

In English: "The word viking is known from a couple of rune stones from the period, and ssems to mean sea rover (pirate). It was not name for a people or a group."

Source: Swedish History Museum, https://historiska.se/upptack-historien/artikel/vilka-var-vikingarna/

The website for the archeology museum at Birka, has the following explanation for the word viking: "I både det anglosaxiska och de skandinaviska språken betydde viking sjörövare. Det hade ingenting med just nordbor att göra. Att ordet idag används allmänt om människor som levde på vikingatiden är totalt felaktigt. Vikingatida människor eller människorna på vikingatiden är mera korrekt att använda."

In English: " In both Anglo Saxic and the Scandinavian languages viking meantsea rover (pirate). It did not have any specific affiliation with Norsemen. The common use today for about people living during viking time, is totally wrong."

Source: Birka archeology museum, https://www.birkavikingastaden.se/ordet-viking/

A deeper insight in research on the word viking, can be obtained from an article by Christine Fell, professor in history at University of Nottingham, her online article can be found at https://www.thebritishacademy.ac.uk/documents/2349/72p295.pdf

What the prime written sources say[edit]

1. Vikings, as any pirate, could origin from anywhere: The first documented use of the word viking is made by Orosius, written in latin, and translated into old english. There is to read about Alexander the Great´s father, Philip II of Macedonia: Philippus vero post longam obsidionem, ut pecuniam quam obsidendo exhauserat, praedando repararet, piraticam adgressus est. translated into: ac he scipa gegaderade, and i vicingas wurdon. In this time the word pirat was not used in the english language, the latin piraticam was directly translated to vicingus. Source: https://archive.org/stream/kingalfredsangl00boswgoog/kingalfredsangl00boswgoog_djvu.txt

2. in Njals saga about Norwegian Gunnar from Lidarände, there is to read about vikings from Scotland, who attacks Gunnars fleet. While Gunnar and his crew is never called vikings. Source: https://sagadb.org/brennu-njals_saga.se

3. Then we can read about Arab muslim pirates from Northafrica, who was mentioned as vikings in the saga about Sigurd Jorsalfare (while Sigurd and his crew are never mentioned as vikings) : "Så gjorde han seg ferdig til å reise derifra og seilte langs med Spania. Da kong Sigurd seilte langs Spania, hendte det at noen vikinger som var ute etter hærfang, kom imot ham med en galeiflåte. Men kong Sigurd la til strid med dem, og dette var det første slaget mot hedninger, og han tok åtte galeier fra dem. Source: https://www.olhov.net/m_sons.html

4. King Haakon Haraldsson of Norway (c. 920–961), also Haakon the Good (Old Norse: Hákon góði, Norwegian: Håkon den gode) and Haakon Adalsteinfostre was a famous viking hunter and killer of vikings, some of those vikings were Vends from Vindland, a historical name for Slavs who inhabited present-day northeast Germany: Then Hakon steered southwards with his fleet to seek the vikings, and so on to Sealand. He rowed with two cutters into the Eyrarsund, where he found eleven viking ships, and instantly attacked them. It ended in his gaining the victory, and clearing the viking ships of all their men. "". "Then Hakon proceeded along the coast of Skane, pillaging everywhere, levying taxes and ransome from the country, and killing all vikings, both Danish and Vindish."

Source: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/598/598-h/598-h.htm

5.Vikings, as any pirate, can not be labelled as tradesmen, (or any civil profession) because tradesmen doesnt perform piracy: Snorri Sturlusson writes in Egil Skallagrimsson about Björn Farman: Björn var farmaður mikill, var stundum í víking, en stundum í kaupferðum; Björn var hinn gervilegasti maður. (english: Björn was a great traveller; sometimes as viking, sometimes as tradesman.) Source: https://sagadb.org/egils_saga.is

6. Vikings, as any pirate, can never be used as a label for someone who is not viking, like a scandinavian who defend his land against viking raids, or a king who chases away vikings from his land: Harald I of Norway At last, Harald was forced to make an expedition to the West, to clear the islands and the Scottish mainland of some Vikings who tried to hide there.. (the original text says in english translation:

King Harald heard that the vikings, who were in the West sea in winter, plundered far and wide in the middle part of Norway; and therefore every summer he made an expedition to search the isles and out-skerries (1) on the coast. Wheresoever the vikings heard of him they all took to flight, and most of them out into the open ocean. At last the king grew weary of this work, and therefore one summer he sailed with his fleet right out into the West sea. First he came to Hjaltland (Shetland), and he slew all the vikings who could not save themselves by flight. Then King Harald sailed southwards, to the Orkney Islands, and cleared them all of vikings. Thereafter he proceeded to the Sudreys (Hebrides), plundered there, and slew many vikings who formerly had had men-at-arms under them.


Please also understand that a Norse organised army, looting and plundering, is no different from other armies from other regions, an army looting and plundering is not a viking activity. And no vikings invaded England, or established cities there or on Ireland, it was just Norse people. "Viking kings"never existed, and vikings never ruled any kingdom. Not one single "viking ship" exhibited in museums, has any proven connection with viking acitivity, they are NOT viking ships, just Norse longships. Other things which people speak about, but which never existed is: Viking women, viking villages, viking fortresses, viking runes, viking horses, viking swords, viking shields, viking society, viking culture. Nothing of this ever existed, according to historical written sources. Rus people and Varyangians were not vikings, and not one single written source mention that they were vikings. Vikings never served as body guards of the roman emperors in Bysanz, it was Norse warriors. In 99% of cases when uneducated people speaks about vikings , they were NOT vikings. And in most cases when the written sources really speaks about vikings, they didnt come from Scandinavia. Fiction is not history, history is a scientific discipline, based on written prime sources. What some old guys wrote in encyclopedias long time ago, without reading the written sources, is NOT history. Opinions are not facts, and not history. Only what is written in historical sources is history.

Pejorative term about a people[edit]

I have an agenda: As a scandinavian, I object to that all my Scandinavian ancestors, although belonging to "Norseman" and "Northmen" during the Viking Age, are on the english wikipedia described as vikings, when most probably 99% of Northmen were not, and reliable sources claim that at least most Swedes were defending their country against vikings..

I strongly believe that he word, and the article Viking should reflect the historical persons who were really vikings, and not my forefathers. Its time that also in the english language, the word Viking gets a modern definition, and not belong in the same box as Nigger, Nazi, and other terms that people has used uncorrectly for groups of people. I am a scandinavian, and so were my Northmen ancestors in Scandinavia between 800 and 1066. Most probably, only a very few percent of those Norse people were actually vikings, and its very wrong to refer to them as such, just becasue its fun, or "we did like that a long time" (less than 50 years) etc.