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The Polska (not to be confused with the polka) is the most common of Swedish folk dances. Its name originally meant "Polish dance", and it does have Polish roots (the name of the dance means Poland in Polish language).

It is possible that the dance originated when king Sigismund Vasa (Sigismund III of Poland, Sigismund I of Sweden) went to Sweden to be crowned there too, and was accompanied by Polish musicians.

There are three main types of polskas: the semiquaver polska or sixteenth-note polska (somewhat similar to the polonaise), the quaver polska or eighth-note polska (somewhat similar to the mazurka), and the triplet polska.



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