Sweden is about the same size as California. Stockholm is built on an archipelago of 14 islands woven together by 50
(SSFC, 10/9/05, Par p.27)(SSFC, 10/18/09, p.M4)
Long and narrow, the Scandinavian nation sits on Europe's northern fringe and covers nearly 411,000 square kilometers (158,000 square miles), about the size of California. It is bounded by Norway, Finland and the Baltic Sea.
Some 85 percent of Swedes nominally are members of the Lutheran Church of Sweden, although only about 5
percent attend church regularly. Literacy is virtually 100 percent, life expectancy is among the world's highest, 76.7 years for men, 81.8 for women, and the United Nations Development Program says Sweden has the world's smallest percentage of poor residents.
Government: Constitutional monarchy, but the king is a figurehead. The government is led by
a prime minister who is elected by a 349-seat single-chamber parliament, the Riksdag. The ruling Social Democratic party has had support in parliament from the ex-communist Left Party and the Green Party, with four parties in opposition. 42.7 percent of the members of parliament are women.
The nyckelharpa is a keyed fiddle from Sweden.
(NH, 6/97, p.66)
7542BC In 2008 Umeaa University said the world's oldest living tree on record, a spruce, took root about this time in central Sweden.
7000BC In 2012 a group of Swedish marine
archeologists said they have found what they believe could be the world's oldest stationary fishing traps on the bottom of the Baltic Sea, with the most ancient dating back about this time.
7000BC The Sami people began herding reindeer in northern Europe
about this time as the last Ice Age ended. They were later considered to be Europe’s only indigenous people. By 2013 they numbered about 80,000 including 8,000 in Finland, 50,000 in Norway, 20,000 in Sweden and 2,000 in Russia.
(SFC, 8/30/13, p.A2)
c900BC The Fossum panel was carved on a rock outcropping in Sweden about this time and depicted 2 Bronze Age figures with raised axes.
(NH, Jul, p.32)
800-900 In Scandinavia Futhark evolved around the 9th century. Instead of 24 letters, the Scandinavian "Younger" Futhark had 16 letters. In England, Anglo-Saxon Futhorc started to be replaced by the Latin alphabet by the 9th century, and did not survive much more past the Norman Conquest. Futhark continued to be used in Scandinavia for centuries longer, but by 1600 CE, it had
become nothing more than curiosities among scholars and antiquarians.
860 Jun 18, Swedish Vikings attacked
c1050 In 2004 some 280 silver coins, that probably originated from a trade journey by Gotlanders to the area around the river Elbe in Germany around 1050, were found on
the Swedish island of Gotland.
1160 May 18, Erik IX Helgi, [The Saint] King of Sweden, died.
1167 Sweden’s King Charles VII was assassinated after ruling for 6 years. Charles VII was the first Swedish king with the name Charles.
1288 In Sweden a charter recognized the sale of a stake in the Stora Kopparberg copper mine to Bishop Petrus of Vasteras for his parish. In the 1970's Stora sold its mining operations to focus on forest products
and power. In 1998 it merged to become Stora Enso, a paper-packaging and timber firm.
(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R42)(Econ, 12/18/04, p.105)
1341 Jun 19, Juliana van Falconieri, Italian saint, Swedish tenor,
1361 Jul 27, The Battle of Wisby (Visby) was fought near the town of Visby on the Swedish island of Gotland, between the forces of the Danish king and the Gotland peasants. The
Danish force was victorious.
(Econ, 12/18/10, p.111)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Visby)
1373 Jul 23, Birgitta of Sweden, Swedish saint, died.
1375-1412 Queen Margaret I (b.1353) ruled over Denmark. In 1388 her rule extended over Norway and in 1389 extended to include Sweden.
1397 Jun 17, The Union of Kalmar united Denmark, Sweden, and Norway under one monarch. The alliance grew out of the dynastic ties of the Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Norway and Sweden in response to rising
German influence in the Baltic. The Kalmar Union is a historiographical term meaning a series of personal unions (1397–1523) that united the three kingdoms of Denmark, Norway (with Iceland, Greenland, the Faroe Islands and, prior to their annexation by Scotland in 1471, Shetland and Orkney), and Sweden (including Finland) under a single monarch.
1489 A sculpture St. George and the Dragon, created by Bernt Notke, was unveiled in Stockholm, Sweden. He composed the dragon entirely of elk horns.
(SSFC, 8/19/07, p.G4)
1500s The popularity of surströmming, a Swedish fermented herring with a noxious stench, surged in the early 1500s and again in the early 1700s.
1520 Nov 4, Danish-Norwegian king Christian II was crowned king of Sweden.
1520 Nov 9, Swedish King Christian II executed 600 nobles.
1522 Gustavus Vasa became administrator of Sweden and pledged to free his country from
1523 Jun 6, [Gustav] Gustavus Vasa was elected Gustavus I of Sweden.
(HFA, '96, p.32)(TL-MB, 1988,
1523 Sweden became independent and dropped out of the Kalmar Union, formed in 1397 with Denmark and Norway.
1524 Denmark confirmed Swedish independence under Gustavus Vasa in the Treaty of Malmo.
1527 Jun 24, Gustaaf I began Reformation in Sweden, taking RC possessions.
1544 Gustavus I of Sweden signed an alliance with France.
(TL-MB, 1988, p.16)
1550 Helsinki was founded by the
(SFEM, 8/8/99, p.44)
1552 Apr 14, Laurentius Andreae, [Lars Andersson], Swedish church reformer, died.
1557 Olaus Magnus (b.1490), Swedish mapmaker, died. He guessed at the location of the northern land of Thule mentioned by Greek explorer Pytheas (c380-310BC).
1561 Poland-Lithuania gaining control over Livonia. In response Sweden seized the territory of Estonia with the major port of Reval. Denmark, also invested in the war, seized the Livonian Islands.
1568 Sep 30, Eric XIV, king of Sweden, was deposed after showing signs of madness. The Swedes declared Eric XIV unfit to reign and proclaimed John III king.
(TL-MB, 1988, p.21)(HN, 9/30/98)
1570 Dec 15, The Peace of Stettin was concluded in Livonia. Denmark recognized the independence of Sweden in the Peace of Stettin. Sweden gave up her claim to Norway.
1577 Feb 26, Erik XIV Wasa (43), King of Sweden (1560-69), died.
1581 Sweden and Poland overran Livonia (a territory that included southern Latvia and northern Estonia).
1594 Dec 9, Gustavus II Adolphus (d.1632), king who made Sweden a major power (1611-32), was born.
Sep 25, King Sigismund was defeated at Stangebro by his Uncle Charles.
1605 Sep 27, Jan Karol Chodkiewicz (1560-1621), Lithuanian Hetman (Jonas Karolis
Katkevičius-Katkus), led Lithuanian and Polish forces to victory against a Swedish army at Kircholm, Latvia. Chodkiewicz carried the day in a victory that, taking into account the disparity of power and strategic result, was huge. It is estimated that 6000 Swedes died. Sweden’s King Charles IX was wounded.
1610 Jul 4, Battle at Klushino: King Sigismund III of Poland beat Russia & Sweden.
1617 Mar 9, The Treaty of Stolbovo ended the occupation of Northern Russia by Swedish troops.
8, Christina (d.1689), queen of Sweden, was born. She negotiated the Peace of Westphalia, ending the Thirty Years' War. "Fools are more to be feared than the wicked. "Dignity is like a perfume; those who use it are scarcely conscious of it."
(AP, 7/8/97)(AP, 1/14/99)(HN, 12/8/99)
1628 Aug 10, The Swedish 228-foot warship Vasa capsized and sank in Stockholm harbor on her maiden voyage because the ballast was insufficient to counterweight the 64 guns and ballast. The wreckage was found in 1956. It opened as part of a the Vasa museum in 1990. Twenty-five men and women drowned when the ship
sank. Vasa was the most expensive and richly ornamented warship of its time in Sweden. She was recovered in 1961 and the skeletal remains were exhumed in 1989.
(NG, 5/95, Geographica)(WSJ, 7/21/00, p.W12)(HN, 8/10/00)
1631 Jul 23, Sweden's King Gustavus II Adolfus repulsed an imperialist force at Werben, Russia.
1631 Sep 17, At the Battle of Breitenfeld (Leipzig)
Sweden’s King Gustaaf Adolf led a Saxon-Swedish army and defeated Gen. Tilly.
(MC, 9/17/01)(PCh, 1992, p.231)
1632 Apr 15, Swedish and Saxon army beat Earl
1632 Sep 3, Battle at Nuremberg: Duke Wallenstein beat Sweden.
1632 Nov 6, Gustavus II Adolphus (37), king of Sweden, died in battle.
1632 Nov 16, Battle at Lutzen: Sweden beat the imperial armies under Wallenstein.
1634 Sep 5, Battle at Nordlingen: King Ferdinand III & Catholic
Spain beat Sweden & German protestants.
1634-1644 Hugo Grotius (d.1645) of Holland, father of international law, served the Swedish government as ambassador to
(HN, 4/10/98)(HNQ, 3/15/00)
1637 Nov 20, Peter Minuit & 1st Dutch and Swedish immigrants to Delaware sailed from Sweden. Peter later purchased Manhattan Island for 60
1638 Mar 29, The first permanent white settlement was established in Delaware. Swedish Lutherans who came to Delaware were the first to build log cabins in America. The first
English colonists did not know how to build houses from logs but those who lived in the forests of Scandinavia, Germany and Switzerland did. German pioneers who settled in Pennsylvania built the first log cabins there in the early 1700s. The Scotch-Irish immigrants who settled in the Appalachian highlands after 1720 made the widest use of log cabins and by the time of the American Revolution, log
cabins were the mainstay among settlers all along the western frontier.
(HNQ, 9/15/99)(AP, 3/29/08)
1640s The violin was introduced, possibly by French musicians at the court of Queen
(NH, 4/97, p.32)
1645 In Sweden the Post Och Inrikes Tidningar began daily publication for bankruptcies, corporate and government announcements. On Jan 1, 2007, the world’s oldest newspaper
stopped publishing on paper and moved to the Internet.
(WSJ, 1/2/07, p.B4)
1648 At the end of the Thirty years’ War the Swedes got to Prague and picked up the remains of works collected by Rudolf II
and Albrecht von Wallenstein, leader of the Hapsburg armies.
(WSJ, 7/10/97, p.A13)(WSJ, 12/7/99, p.A24)
1650 Feb 11, Rene Descartes (b.1596), French mathematician and philosopher: "I think therefore I
am", died in Stockholm. In 1666 his bones were exhumed for transfer to France. In 2008 Russell Shorto authored “Descartes’ Bones: A Skeletal History of the conflict Between Faith and Reason.”
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren%C3%A9_Descartes)(SFC, 11/5/08, p.E3)
1654 Jun 6, Queen Christina of Sweden resigned and converted to Catholicism.
1655 Aug 29, Swedish king
Karel X Gustaaf occupied Warsaw.
1655 Sep 26, Peter Stuyvesant recaptured Dutch Ft. Casimir from Swedish in Delaware.
1656 Jan 17, Prussian Duke Frederick Wilhelm withdrew ties with Lithuania and Poland and acknowledged vassal status with Sweden.
1656 Oct 24, Treaty of Vilnius (Lithuania): Russia and Poland signed an anti-Swedish covenant.
1661 Sweden became the first European country to introduce bank notes.
1668 Feb 7, The Netherlands,
England and Sweden concluded an alliance directed against Louis XIV of France.
1668 The first central bank was founded in Sweden.
(Econ, 2/25/12, SRp.4)
1675 Jun 28, Frederick William of Brandenburg crushed the Swedes.
1676 Apr 17, Frederick I, king of Sweden, was born.
1676 Jun 1, The Swedish ship Svardet, armed with
86 bronze canons and under command of Claes Uggla, went under when Sweden was defeated by a Danish-Dutch fleet in the Battle of Öland. In 2011 Deep Sea Productions said it believed it had found the ship off the island of Oland.
1682 Jun 27, Charles XII (d.1718), King of Sweden (1697-1718), was born.
(WUD, 1994, p.249)(SFC, 8/17/96, p.E5)(HN, 6/27/98)
Dec 3, Charles II barred Jews from settling in Stockholm, Sweden.
1689 Apr 19, Christina (b.1626), Queen of Sweden (1644-54), died. In 2004 Veronica Buckley authored
“Christina: Queen of Sweden.”
(www.sweden.se)(WSJ, 10/29/04, p.W10)
1697 The Royal Palace in Stockholm, Sweden, burned down. It was rebuilt in Italian Baroque style with 608
(SSFC, 8/19/07, p.G4)
1697-1718 Charles XII ruled Sweden.
(WUD, 1994, p.249)(SFC, 8/17/96, p.E5)
1698 Aug 18, After invading Denmark and capturing Sweden, Charles XII of Sweden forced Frederick IV of Denmark to sign the Peace of Travendal.
1700 Feb 22, Augustus II with the help of the Saxon army attacked Swedish controlled Riga. This began the Northern War (1700-1721).
1700 Nov 20, Sweden's 17-year-old King Charles XII defeated the Russians at Narva.
1701 Nov 27, Anders Celsius (d.1744), Swedish astronomer who
devised the centigrade temperature scale, was born in Uppsala.
(WUD, 1994, p.238)(AP, 11/27/06)
1707 May 23, Carolus Linnaeus [Carl von Linné, d.1778], Swedish botanist, was
(HN, 5/23/01)(WUD, 1994 p.834)
1707 Aug 31, The Treaty or Convention of Altranstädt was signed between Charles XII of Sweden and Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor. It settled the rights of Protestants
1708 Jul 4, Swedish King Karel XII beat Russians.
1708 Sep 28, At the Battle at Lesnaya the Russian army captured a Swedish convoy.
1709 Jun 28, Russians defeated the Swedes and Cossacks at the Battle of Poltava. [see July 8]
1709 Jul 8, Peter the Great defeated Charles XII at
Poltava, in the Ukraine, effectively ending the Swedish empire. [see June 28]
1718 Dec 11, Charles XII, King of Sweden (1697-1718), was shot
1721 Aug 30, The Peace of Nystad ended the Second Northern War between Sweden and Russia, giving Russia considerably more power in the Baltic region.
1722 Mar 29, Emanuel Swedenborg (b.1688), Swedish scientist and clairvoyant, died in London. In 1744 he entered into a spiritual phase in which he experienced dreams and visions. The
foundation of Swedenborg's theology was laid down in “Arcana Cœlestia” (Heavenly Secrets), published in eight volumes from 1749 to 1756.
Berch became the first professor of economics in Uppsala.
(WSJ, 1/11/99, p.R14)
1742 Dec 9, Carl W. Scheele, Swedish pharmacist and chemist (lemon acid), was
1743 Aug 17, By the Treaty of Abo, Sweden ceded southeast Finland to Russia, ending Sweden's failed war with Russia.
1746 Jan 24, Gustav III, king during Swedish Enlightenment (1771-92), was born.
1753 In Sweden Linnaeus (1707-1778), father of systematics, authored “Species Plantarum,” a compilation of some 6,000 plants from around the world.
(NH, 4/1/04, p.39)
Peter Kalm, Swedish-born naturalist, published the first of his 3 volumes of “Travels in North America,” which described his 1748-1751 trip there. Kalm later spent much of his life as a professor at Turku, Finland. In 2007 Paula Ivaska Robbins authored “The Travels of Peter Kalm.
1756-1763 The Seven Years War. France and Great Britain clashed both in Europe and in North America. In 2000 "Crucible of War" by Fred Anderson was published. France, Russia, Austria, Saxony, Sweden and Spain stood against Britain, Prussia and Hanover. Britain financed Prussia
to block France in Europe while her manpower was occupied in America.
(V.D.-H.K.p.223)(SFC, 7/7/96, BR p.7)(WSJ, 2/10/00, p.A16)
1758 Linnaeus (1707-1778), father of systematics, worked on his wasp
(PacDis, Winter/’96, p.43)
1766 Sweden guaranteed freedom of the press.
(Econ, 2/2/13, SR
1772 Aug 19, Gustavus III of Sweden eliminated the rule of parties and establishes an absolute monarchy. It had been subordinate to parliament since 1720.
1773 The Royal Swedish Ballet was founded.
(WSJ, 6/25/99, p.W7)
Jan 10, Carolus Linnaeus [Carl von Linné, b.1707], Swedish botanist, died. His system for classifying living organisms in a hierarchy placed kingdoms at the top and species at the bottom.
1783 Feb 5, Sweden recognized the independence of the United States.
(AP, 2/5/97)(HN, 2/5/99)
1785 The first Illis
Quorum Meruere Labores (For Those Whose Labors Have Deserved It), a gold medal, was awarded.
(NH, 4/97, p.31)
1786 May 21, Carl W. Scheele (43), Swedish pharmacist, chemist,
1787 Carl Axel Arrhenius discovered the mineral ytterbite in Ytterby, Sweden. Two years later yttrium oxide was found in the sample and named. It took another 329 years for yttrium,
a rare earth element, to be isolated from its oxide.
(SSFC, 11/25/12, p.E7)
1790 Jul 9, The Swedish navy captured one third of the Russian fleet at the naval battle of Svensksund in the Baltic
1792 Mar 16, Sweden's King Gustav III was shot and mortally wounded during a masquerade party by a former member of his regiment. He was murdered by Count Ankarstrom at an opera. It
became the inspiration for Giuseppe Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera. Gustav died 13 days later.
(AP, 3/16/06)(WSJ, 1/28/07, p.P10)
1792 Mar 29, Gustav III, King of Sweden (1771-92), died of wounds
inflicted by an assassin on March 16.
1796 Jul 23, Franz Adolf Berwald, Sweden, composer, was born.
1800 Count Baltazar Von Platen started the Göta Canal.
(SFEC, 4/20/97, p.T8)
1805 Aug 9, Austria joined Britain, Russia, Sweden and the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia in the Third Coalition against Napoleonic France and Spain.
(HN, 8/9/98)(HNQ, 10/19/98)
Jun 6, Sweden declared independence and a constitutional monarchy was established.
1809 Finland broke free of Sweden to become a Grand Duchy of
(SFEC, 4/11/99, p.T4)
1809 Russia took the Aland island group from the Swedes and held it until the Russian Revolution.
1810 Aug 21, Sweden’s Riksdag elected Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, Marshal of France under Napoleon, as heir apparent to the Swedish throne.
1810-1832 The 54-mile Göta Canal was built to connect Sweden's east and west coasts to circumvent Danish shipping controls between the Baltic and North Seas. The project was conceived and led by Count Baltzar von Platen
(SSFC, 4/18/04, p.D12)
1812 Mar 9, Swedish Pomerania was seized by Napoleon.
1812 Jul 18, Great Britain signed the Treaty of Orebro, making peace with Russia and Sweden.
1814 May 17, Norway's constitution was signed, providing for a limited monarchy. Denmark ceded Norway to Sweden.
(AP, 5/17/97)(HN, 5/17/98)
1820 Oct 6, Jenny Lind (d.1887), soprano, was born. She was known as the “Swedish Nightingale.”
1832 King Karl XIV Johan inaugurated the Göta
(SFEC, 4/20/97, p.T8)
1833 Oct 21, 1833, Alfred Bernhard Nobel was born. The Swedish-born chemist, engineer and industrialist who invented dynamite, later established the prestigious Nobel
prizes to honor the world’s greatest scientists, writers and peacemakers. In 1859, after four years in the United States, Nobel returned to Sweden and built a factory to manufacture the explosive nitroglycerin. In 1864 the factory accidentally blew up, killing Nobel’s youngest brother and four others. Two years later, Nobel invented dynamite, a safe and manageable form of nitroglycerin. A
pacifist by nature, Nobel hoped that the destructive power of his invention would bring an end to wars. By the time of his death on December 10, 1897, Nobel had acquired a massive fortune. In his will, he left instructions that the bulk of his estate should endow the annual Nobel prizes for those who had most contributed to the areas of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace. In
1968, a sixth award for economics was established.
(WUD, 1994, p.969)(SFEC,12/797, Par p.28)(HNPD, 10/21/98) (HNPD, 10/21/99)
1846-1920s A major immigration of Swedes to the US brought in 1.2 million
(FB, 9/12/96, p.A2)
1849 Johan August Strindberg (d.1912), novelist, dramatist, essayist and photographer, was born. In 1985 Michael Meyer authored a Strindberg
(WUD, 1994 p.1407)(SFC, 8/10/00, p.D2)(WSJ, 12/11/01, p.A17)
1850 Sep 11, Jenny Lind, the “Swedish Nightingale,” gave her first concert in the United States, at Castle Garden in New
1852 Sep 3, Anti Jewish riots broke out in Stockholm.
1854 Nov 8, Johannes Robert Rydberg (d.1919), Swedish physicist, was born. He is mainly known for devising the Rydberg formula, in 1888, which is used to predict the wavelengths of photons (of light and other electromagnetic radiation) emitted by changes in the energy level of an electron in an
1856 In Sweden Andre Wallenberg founded Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken (SEB). By 2006 it was one of the Nordic region’s biggest
(Econ, 10/14/06, p.73)
1858 Nov 20, Selma Lagerdorf, Swedish novelist, was born. Her work included “The Story of Gosta Berling.”
1859 Feb 19, Svante Arrhenius, Swedish chemist, founder of physical chemistry, was born.
1859 After four years in the United States, Alfred Nobel returned to Sweden and built a factory to manufacture the explosive nitroglycerin.
1864 The Alfred Nobel factory for the manufacture of nitroglycerin accidentally blew up, killing Nobel's youngest brother and four others.
1866 Alfred Nobel invented dynamite, a safe and manageable form of nitroglycerin. A pacifist by nature, Nobel hoped that the destructive power of his invention would bring an end to wars.
1867 Nov 25, Alfred Nobel patented dynamite.
Apr 3, Franz Adolf Berwald (71), Swedish composer, died.
1872 May 1, Hugo Alfvjen, composer (Midsommarvaka), was born in Stockholm,
1873-1924 The Scandinavian Monetary Union established a common currency for its members.
1876 The Swedish firm Ericsson was founded. It started selling phones in China in the 1890s.
(Econ, 2/2/13, SR p.8)
1880 Swedish Egyptologist Karl Piehl uncovered the tomb of Amenhotep, the deputy seal-bearer of the Pharaoh King Tuthmosis III (1504BC-1452BC), in the city of Luxor, about 600 km (375 miles) to the south of the capital Cairo. It later disappeared under the sand and was rediscovered in
1885 A Swedish “Treskilling Yellow” postage stamp was printed with a one-of-kind error. In 1996 it sold for a record $2.3 million. In 2010 it was again sold but the price was
(SSFC, 5/23/10, p.A6)
1887 Nov 2, Jenny Lind (b.1820), known as the Swedish Nightingale, soprano, died in London, England.
1887 Skanska was founded in Sweden and started by manufacturing cement products. It quickly diversified into a construction company and within 10 years the company received its first international
1889 Mar 8, Jens/John Ericsson (85), Swedish-US, engineer (fire extinguisher), died.
1891 May 23, Par Lagerkvist, Swedish writer (The Dwarf, Barabbas), was born.
1891 In Sweden the Skansen folk museum opened in Stockholm by Artur Hazelius (1833-1901) to show the way of life in the different parts of the country before the industrial era.
(SSFC, 12/18/11, p.H5)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skansen)
1893 Johan August Strindberg (43) married Frida Uhl (20), the daughter of a renowned Viennese theater critic and newspaper editor. The marriage lasted 4 years. In 2000 Monica Strauss authored “Cruel Banquet: The Life and Loves of Frida Strindberg.”
(SFEC, 8/13/00, BR p.3)
1895 Jan 2, Count Folke Bernadotte (d.1948), statesman (Red Cross, UN), was born in Sweden.
1895 Nov 26, Bertil Lindblad, Swedish astronomer (Milky Way system), was born.
1895 Nov 27, Alfred Nobel, explosives magnate, signed his last will and testament at the Swedish-Norwegian Club in Paris, setting aside his estate to establish the Nobel Prize after his death (see Dec 10, 1896). He named Ragnar Sohlman (25), his favorite lab assistant, as his executor and Rudolf Lilljequist as
(http://nobelprize.org/alfred_nobel/will/will-full.html)(ON, 4/07, p.6)
1896 Dec 10, Alfred Nobel (63), Swedish Nobel Prize ceremony on this date, died. By the time of his death Nobel had
acquired a massive fortune. In his will, he left instructions that the bulk of his estate should endow the annual Nobel prizes for those who had most contributed to the areas of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature and peace. In 1968, a sixth award for economics was established [see Nov 27, 1895]. The Nobel Peace Prize is therefore awarded on December 10. The first of the Nobel Prizes
was presented in 1901 according to instructions in his will. At his death he was one of the richest men in the world, he also felt it would be wrong to leave his fortune to relatives. "Inherited wealth is a misfortune which merely serves to dull man's faculties." Nobel wished the Peace Prize to be administered in Norway.
1896 Swedish scientist Svante Arrhenius predicted a warming effect due to an increase in heat-trapping atmospheric gases due mainly to the burning of fossil
(Econ, 6/16/12, SR p.4)
1897 Jul 14, Swede Saloman Andrée (b.1854)) and 2 accomplices, Knute Fraenkle and Nils Strindberg, in the Ornen balloon were forced down after 64 hours in the first
expedition to fly by balloon from Spitsbergen across the North Pole. Their attempt to return ended on White Island. Their fate was only discovered Aug 5-6, 1930, by Norwegian whalers.
(HNQ, 5/22/01)(ON, 11/01, p.11)(Econ, 5/11/13, p.89)
1897 Ragnar Sohlman, executor of Alfred Nobel’s will, moved Nobel’s stock certificates and papers out of France to Sweden, and thus beyond the jurisdiction of French courts.
(ON, 4/07, p.7)
1898 Dec 6, Gunnar Myrdal, Swedish economist and sociologist, was born.
1898 Knut Wicksell, Swedish economist, authored “Interest and Prices,” in
which he introduced the concept of the credit cycle.
(Econ, 3/16/13, p.73)
1900 The Nobel Foundation was established in Sweden in accord with the will of Alfred
(ON, 4/07, p.7)
1901 Jacobus Henricus van't Hoff won the first Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work on the relationship of volume, pressure and temperature in gases which became known as van't
Hoff's Law. The 1st Nobel Banquet was held at the Grand Hotel in Stockholm for 118 male guests. In 2000 Burton Feldman authored “The Nobel Prize: A History of Genius, Controversy and Prestige.”
(SFC, 6/30/99, p.C2)(WSJ, 12/8/00, p.W11)
1903 Svante Arrhenius (1859-1927), Swedish scientist, won the Nobel Prize in chemistry.
1904 Sep 2, Set Svanholm, tenor (Met Opera and
London Convent Garden), was born in Vesteras, Sweden.
1904 Denmark and Sweden issued the first Christmas seals to raise money to fight
(SFEC, 12/13/98, Z1 p.10)
1905 Feb 7, Ulf Svante von Euler-Chelpin, Swedish physiologist, was born.
1905 Jun 7, Norway declared independence from Sweden. Their union had been in effect in since 1814.
(SC, 6/7/02)(SSFC, 6/5/05, p.F7)
1905 Jul 29, Dag Hammerarskjold, Nobel Peace Prize (1961) winning secretary-general of the United Nations (1953-1961), was born in Sweden.
1905 Sep 18, Greta Garbo (d.1990), actress nominated for Oscars for her roles in "Anna Christie" and "Ninotchka," was born in Stockholm.
(HN, 9/18/98)(MC, 9/18/01)
Nov 14, Astrid Lindgren (d.2002), children's writer, was born near Vimmerby, Sweden. Her books included “Pippi Longstocking.”
(SFC, 1/29/02, p.A17)(AP, 11/14/07)
1907 Dec 8, Oscar II
(78), the king of Sweden and former king of Norway, died in Stockholm.
1907 August Strindberg completed his anti-naturalistic play “The Ghost
(WS, 6/27/01, p.A12)
1908 May 30, Hannes Alfvén, Swedish, Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist.
1908 Svante Arrhennius, Swedish chemist, proposed the idea of “panspermia,” the idea that our solar system was inoculated with living organisms from outside the galaxy.
(PacDis, Winter ’97,
1909 Mar 26, August Strindberg's "Bjalb-jarle-ti" premiered in Stockholm.
1910 Oct 15, Torbjorn Oskar Caspersson, Swedish cytologist and geneticist, was born.
1911 Feb 2, Johan J. "Jussi" Bjorling, great Swedish tenor, was
born. Now regarded by many as the greatest opera tenor of the middle 20th Century.
1911 In Stockholm, Sweden, construction began on a new city hall. The design was a mix of Italian
Renaissance, Moorish and Byzantine style and was completed in 1923.
(SSFC, 8/19/07, p.G4)
1912 May 14, Johan August Strindberg (b.1849), Swedish novelist, dramatist and essayist, died. In 1985
Michael Meyer authored a Strindberg biography.
(WUD, 1994 p.1407)(SFC, 8/10/00, p.D2)(MC, 5/14/02)
1914 The Swedish firm Kreuger & Toll, a construction and engineering firm co-founded by Ivar
Kreuger (1880-1932) and a partner, went public.
(Econ, 12/22/07, p.116)
1915 Aug 15, Signe Larsson (d.2002), film actress later known as Signe Hasso, was born in
(SFC, 6/10/02, p.B6)
1915 Aug 29, Ingrid Bergman (d.1982), Oscar winning actress famous for her role in "Casablanca" and "Anastasia," was born in Stockholm, Sweden. "Happiness is good health
and a bad memory."
(HN, 8/29/98)(AP, 7/21/97)
1916 Oct 19, Karl-Birger Blomdahl, Sweden, opera composer (Herr von Hancken), was born.
1916 Nov 3, On the Baltic off of Finland a German U-boat under Captain Bruno Hoppe ordered Captain E.B. Eriksson of the Swedish schooner Jonkoping to halt for an inspection. Beverages headed for the Russians were discovered and the ship was evacuated
and sunk. In 1998 some 1,000 bottles of 1907 Heidsieck Monopole champagne were recovered, of which 500 were preserved in drinking condition. Hoppe later sank the schooner Akir. The 66-ton Joenkoeping was sunk in the Baltic Sea by a German U-boat. It carried 44 creates of champagne, 67 barrels of cognac, and 17 barrels of port wine intended for the Russian army. Divers planned to recover the cargo
(SFC, 7/11/98, p.A14)(SFC, 9/21/98, p.A19)(AP, 9/21/98)
1917 Mar 20, Gideon Sundback, Swedish-born engineer, patented an all-purpose zipper while working for the Automatic Hook and Eye Co. of
Hoboken, New Jersey. The zipper name was coined by B.F. Goodrich in 1923, who used it to fasten rubber galoshes. In 1994 Robert Friedel authored “Zipper: An Exploration in Novelty.”
(ON, 7/04, p.5)(www.inventors.about.com)
1917 In Sweden Knut Wallenberg set up a foundation as a tax saving way to keep the family together.
(Econ, 10/14/06, p.73)
1917 Ivar Kreuger (1880-1932) exited his construction and engineering business and
founded the Swedish Match Company, which he used to monopolize the match industry and swindle numerous investors up to his suicide in 1932.
(Econ, 12/22/07, p.116)
1918 Apr 3, Sixten Ehrling, conductor
(Royal Opera of Stockholm), was born in Malmo, Sweden.
1918 Apr 25, Astrid Varnay, soprano (Met Opera 1941-56), was born in Stockholm,
1918 May 17, Birgit Nilsson, operatic soprano (Isolde, Turandot, Elektra, Salome), was born in Karup, Sweden.
1918 Jul 14, Ingmar Bergman, Swedish film director (The Seventh Seal, Fanny and Alexander), was born in Uppsala, Sweden.
1919 Dec 28, Johannes Robert Rydberg (b.1854), Swedish physicist, died. He is mainly known for devising the Rydberg formula, in 1888, which is used to predict the wavelengths of photons (of light and other electromagnetic radiation) emitted by changes
in the energy level of an electron in an hydrogen atom.
1920 Oscar Swahn (72) of Sweden won a silver medal for shooting in the Antwerp
(WSJ, 3/31/08, p.A1)
1921 May 8, Sweden abolished capital punishment.
1921 The League of Nations granted the Aland Island group to the new Finnish Republic.
(WSJ, 12/5/97, p.A1)
1922 Dec 3, Sven Nykvist, Swedish cinematographer, was born.
1922 Jean Borlin, Swedish dancer,
choreographed the ballet "Skating Rink." The décor and costumes were designed by Ferdnand Leger. The music was by Atrhur Honneger.
(WSJ, 6/25/99, p.W7)
1922 Total prohibition of alcohol was narrowly
defeated in a Swedish referendum.
(Econ, 11/15/03, p.49)
1923 A new City Hall was built in Stockholm, Sweden, in an amazing mix of bricks and gilt mosaic.
(SSFC, 10/18/09, p.M4)
1924 Mar 15, Sweden recognized the U.S.S.R.
1927 Jan 30, Olof Palme (d.1986), PM of Sweden (1969-76, 1982-86), was born in Stockholm.
1927 Jul 19, Jan Myrdal, Swedish
writer, journalist (Albania Defiant), was born.
1927 Oct 2, Svante Arrhenius (b.1859), Swedish scientist and Nobel Prize winner in chemistry (1903), died in Uppsala. At the turn of the
century, Svante Arrhenius had calculated that emissions from human industry might someday bring a global warming.
1929 Jan 28, Claus
Oldenburg, US pop artist (Alphabet/Good Humor), was born in Stockholm, Sweden. He worked in Chicago as a newspaper reporter and then went to New York in 1956. He opened his “Store” in 1961, which was a storefront stocked with painted plaster replicas of food, clothing, and inexpensive household goods.
(WSJ, 10/11/95, p. A-12)(MC,
1929 Apr 10, Max Von Sydow, actor (Hawaii, Exorcist, Dune, Seventh Seal, Dreamscape), was born in Lund, Sweden.
1932 Mar 12, Ivar Kreuger (b.1880), the so-called "Swedish Match King," committed suicide in Paris, leaving behind a financial empire that turned out to be worthless. The “Kreuger crash’ shook Wall Street and led to a 1933 Securities Act, which strengthened disclosure requirements for all companies selling stock.
In 1961 Robert Shaplen authored “Kreuger, Genius and Swindler.” In 2009 Frank Partnoy authored “The Match King.”
(AP, 3/12/99)(Econ, 12/22/07, p.115)(WSJ, 4/17/09, p.A11)
1935-1976 An involuntary sterilization program
was conducted over this period during which some 63,000 people were deemed genetically inferior and involuntarily sterilized. In 1999 a commission recommended that victims, 90% women, be paid $21,000 each. Checks for over $22,000 were soon mailed out to some 200 victims.
(SFC, 8/26/97, p.C3)(SFC, 1/27/99, p.C10)(SFEC, 11/14/99,
1936 Mar 22, May Britt, actress (Young Lions), wife of Sammy Davis Jr., was born in Sweden.
1936 Ragnar Sohlman (1870-1948) became managing director of Sweden’s Nobel Foundation and served to 1946.
(ON, 4/07, p.7)
1936 Marquis Childs, American journalist,
authored “Sweden: The Middle Way.” It chronicled his research on the reform policies of the Swedish Social Democratic Party based on his visits to the country as a reporter.
(Econ, 2/2/13, SR p.3)
Apr 25, Bo Brundin, actress (Rhinemann Exchange), was born in Stockholm, Sweden.
1937 Saab was founded as an aviation and defense company in Linkoping, Sweden. Its name was an acronym for
"Svenska Aeroplan AB," where "AB" stands for "aktiebolaget" ("limited company"), thus written as 'SAAB'.
1937 Edvin Ohrstrom (1906-1994), artist and sculptor, and 2
others developed the Ariel technique at Orrefors in Orrefors, Sweden. This technique created a design by trapping air bubbles between two layers of glass. In 1990 Orrefors merged with Kosta Boda AB, which in turn became part of the New Wave Group in 2005.
(SFC, 11/19/08, p.G6)
1938 Jun 16, Torgny Lindgren, Swedish writer, was born.
1938 In Sweden the Saltsjobaden Accord was
signed between unions and employers ushering in a consensus system of labor relations.
(Economist, 10/13/12, SR p.20)
1938 Sweden’s collective wage deal system began. The system set wages through sector-wide deals with employers. In 2005 the system
faced problems as cheaper workers arrived from other EU countries.
1939-1945 A 1997 report said that Sweden received some 38 tons of gold from the Nazis in payment for
(SFC, 1/22/96, p.A9)
1941 Apr 28, Ann-Margret, actress (Bye Bye Birdie, Tommy), was born in Valsjobya, Sweden.
1941-1943 Over 200 mentally ill people were starved to death at the Vipeholm hospital in Lund.
(SFEC, 11/14/99, p.A26)
1941-1945 Sweden maintained neutrality during the war but allowed German troops to cross its territory to invade the Soviet Union. It also allowed 250,000 German troops to use the railroad system to travel between occupied Norway and Germany. The Swedish navy provided escort service for German military supply ships and Swedish
industry helped make up for German losses in their ball-bearing industry due to Allied bombing raids.
(SFEC, 6/21/98, p.A13)
1943 Feb-Nov ‘44, Sweden received about 12.8 tons of gold from
(SFC, 1/22/96, p.A9)
1943 The Riksbank director Ivar Rooth wrote a memorandum that said he and Trade Minister Hermann Eriksson discussed the risk that the gold Sweden received from Germany was
(SFC, 1/22/96, p.A9)
1943 Ingvar Kamprad (b.1926) of Elmtaryd, Agunnaryd, began selling farm implements by mail order under the name IKEA. The first deliveries were made by milk truck. The 1st
catalog was published in 1951 and the 1st showroom opened in Almhult in 1953. By 1996 the Swedish firm had grown to $6.5 billion in sales. In 1999 it had 152 stores in 28 countries.
(WSJ, 9/9/99, p.A24)(SFC, 3/10/00, p.B2)(http://tinyurl.com/4r88f4z)
1943 Over 7,000 Danish Jews crossed to Sweden to escape the Nazis.
(Econ, 7/10/04, p.46)
1944 Jul 9, Raoul
Wallenberg, a Swedish National Guardsman, arrived in Budapest to head the local office of the US-sponsored War Refugee Board. He had been recruited in June by a US Embassy official in Stockholm and sent to Nazi-controlled Budapest under Swedish diplomatic cover. He used US funds to bribe Nazi officials and saved over 20,000 Hungarian Jews from Nazi death
(SFC, 5/5/96, p.A-7)(MT, Spg. ‘99, p.18)(WSJ, 2/28/09, p.A7)
1944 Jul 19, Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg 1st met SS ober Sturmbannfuhrer Adolf
1944 Oct 30, Sweden announced its intention to stay neutral and refused sanctuary in WW II.
1945 Jan 17, Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews, disappeared in Hungary while in Soviet custody. Raoul Wallenberg was jailed by the Soviets who believed that he was an American spy. He had saved more than
20,000 Hungarian Jews from Nazi death camps. Wallenberg was a graduate of the Univ. of Michigan and studied there from 1931-1935. In 2000 a Kremlin commission believed that he was shot in a KGB prison.
(SFC, 5/5/96, p.A-7)(AP, 1/17/98)(MT, Spg. ‘99, p.18)(SFC, 11/28/00, p.A18)
1945 Apr 25, Bjorn Ulvaeus, rock vocalist, guitarist (ABBA-Waterloo, Dancing Queen), was born.
Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002) authored her novel “Pippi Longstocking.”
(SFC, 1/29/02, p.A17)
c1945 Sweden returned about 14 tons of presumably looted gold to Belgium and the Netherlands that it had
received from the Nazis in payment for exports.
(SFC, 1/22/96, p.A9)
1945 Gundeer Haag (1919-2004), Swedish runner, set the world record for the mile and held it until
(SFC, 12/3/04, p.B7)
1946 Scandinavian airlines began as a co-operative venture between the airlines of Denmark, Norway and Sweden. In 1951 they merged. Marcus Wallenberg Jr. (1899-1982), tennis
champion, sold out of railways to concentrate on airplanes. Wallenberg helped to establish the Scandinavian Airlines System and controlled companies that employed one of every eight working Swedes.
(www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,925746-2,00.html)(Econ, 10/14/06, p.73)(Econ, 5/19/12,
1947 Jul 16, Raoul Wallenberg, Swedish diplomat jailed by the Soviets who believed that he was an American spy, reportedly died at the Lubyanka prison in Moscow of an alleged heart attack. He had saved more than 20,000 Hungarian Jews from Nazi death camps. A
2001 Swedish report failed to confirm his death. In 2010 Russian Security Services archives said a man identified as Prisoner No. 7, who was interrogated 6 days after the diplomat’s reported execution on July 17, was likely Wallenberg.
(SFC, 5/5/96, p.A-7)(SFC, 12/23/00, p.A12)(SFC, 1/13/01, p.A14)(WSJ, 2/28/09, p.A7)(SFC, 4/2/10,
1947 The Illis Quorum Meruere Labores (For Those Whose Labors Have Deserved It) award was first given to the folk-musician, Hjort Anders Olsson.
1947 Apparel retailer H&M was established in Sweden. The company expanded into Europe and opened its 1st US stores in 2000. Its 1st SF store opened in 2005.
1947 The first Saab automobile, a prototype, was produced.
(Sky, 9/97, p.97)
Sep 17, Count Folke Bernadotte (b.1895) of Sweden, the UN mediator for Palestine, was assassinated in Jerusalem by members of the extreme Zionist Stern Group. Yehoshua Zettler (d.2009 at 91), one of the founding members of the group, masterminded the assassination.
1949 Dec 12, Saab, a Swedish aircraft maker, began full-scale production of the Saab 92 automobile based on the prototype Saab 92001.
1950 The ballet "Miss Julie," based on the play by August Strindberg, premiered with choreography by Birgit Cullberg.
1950 The film “Waiting Women” featured Jarl Kulle (d. 1997 at 70) and was directed by Ingmar Bergman.
(SFC, 10/4/97, p.A20)
1951 Jun 27, Ulf Andersson, International Chess Grandmaster (1972), was born in Sweden.
Kiki Hakansson became the first Miss World.
1951 Ruben Rausing (1895-1983) of Sweden founded Tetra Pak as a subsidiary to Akerlund & Rausing to produce milk cartons. In 1963 the company gave the world a flat-topped carton
that can be packed and shipped like bricks. The development revolutionized the packaging and distribution of milk and fruit juices worldwide.
Jun 16, Soviet Fighters shot down a Swedish Catalina reconnaissance flight.
1953-1961 Dag Hammarskjold of Sweden served as the Secretary-General of the
(SFC, 12/14/96, p.A1)
1955 The film “Smiles of a Summer Night” featured Jarl Kulle (d. 1997 at 70) and was directed by Ingmar Bergman.
(SFC, 10/4/97, p.A20)
1955 Alcohol in Sweden was rationed until this year.
(Econ, 11/15/03, p.49)
1956 Jul 25, The Italian luxury liner Andrea Doria sank after colliding with the Swedish ship Stockholm in 200 feet of water 50 miles southeast of Nantucket Island, Mass. 46 people of its 1,706 passengers and crew were killed. The Dorea was headed from Genoa, Italy, to NY, and sank eleven hours after the
(WSJ, 5/30/97, p.A1)(AP, 7/25/97)(SFC, 1/1/99, p.A16)(SFC, 7/30/99, p.D5)(AP, 1/14/12)
1956 The Eugene O’Neill play “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” premiered at the Royal Dramatic Theater in
Stockholm with Jarl Kulle as Edmond.
(SFC, 10/4/97, p.A20)
1957 Dec 26, The Ingmar Bergman film "Wild Strawberries," starring Victor Sjostrom, opened in
1957 The Academy Chamber Choir of Uppsala was founded by Folke Bohlin and Eric Ericson.
1958 Oct 8, Dr. Ake Senning installed the 1st fully implantable pacemaker in Stockholm. Arne Larsson (43) received the pacemaker, which was built Dr. Rune Elmqvist. Larsson died in 2001 after receiving 26 different
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artificial_cardiac_pacemaker)(Econ, 3/7/09, TQ p.25)
1958 The first IKEA retail store opened in Almhult.
(Hem., 2/97, p.31)
1959 Nov 20, Seven European nations (Austria, Britain, Denmark, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland) signed the Stockholm Convention to form the European Free Trade Association (EFTA). The organization becoming operative on May
1959 In boxing American Floyd Patterson was knocked out by Sweden’s Ingemar Johansson.
(SFC, 6/28/97, p.B1)
1960 Sep 8, Jussi Bjorling, Swedish epic tenor (Manrico, Cavaradossi, Faust, Rodolfo, Riccardo, Romeo), died of heart failure at 49.
1960 Nov 13, Sammy Davis Jr. married Swedish actress May Britt.
1961 Sep 18, Dag Hammarskjold, Secretary-General of the UN, was killed in a plane crash in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia). He was flying to negotiate a cease-fire in the Congo. Hammarskjold was the son of a former Swedish prime minister. In 1953, he was elected to the top UN post and in 1957 was reelected. During his second term, he initiated and directed the
United Nation's vigorous role in the Belgian Congo. Hammarskjold had sent Conor O’Brien (1919-2008), an Irish diplomat, to the Congo where a rebellion was openly being backed by Belgium and secretly by Britain and France. O’Brien ordered in UN troops, but the mission ended in disarray and the UN repudiated the mission. O’Brien recounted his version of the events in his book “To Katanga and Back”
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dag_Hammarskj%C3%B6ld)(AP, 9/18/97)(SSFC, 12/21/08, p.B6)
1961 Westerlund 1, one of the biggest cluster of superstars in the Milky Way, was discovered by a Swedish
astronomer and became a favored observation site in stellar physics. It is located 16,000 light years away in the constellation of Ara, the Altar. It contained a neutron star with a mighty magnetic field. The stars were all born from a single event just three and a half to five million years ago.
1963 The film “Now About These Women” featured Jarl Kulle (d. 1997 at 70) and was directed by Ingmar Bergman.
(SFC, 10/4/97, p.A20)
1965 Apr 8, Erik A. Blomberg (70), Swedish art historian, poet, author, died.
1965 IKEA opened its
first retail store in Stockholm.
(Hem., 2/97, p.31)
1966 S.Y. Agnon (1888-1970), Jewish writer, shared the Nobel Prize in Literature with Nelly Sachs, a German-born
1967 May 2, The Stockholm Vietnam Tribunal opened and continued to May 10. The formation of this investigative body immediately followed the 1966
publication of Bertrand Russell's book, “War Crimes in Vietnam.” It condemned US aggression in Vietnam and Cambodia. A 2nd session of the tribunal was held at Roskilde, Denmark, Nov 20 – Dec 1, 1967.
1967 Jul 14, The Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization, or WIPO Convention, was signed at Stockholm, Sweden, and entered into force on April 26,
1970. As its name suggests, it established the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). WIPO Convention has 184 Contracting Parties. The Convention is written in English, French, Russian and Spanish, all texts being equally authentic. The Convention was amended on September 28, 1979.
1967 Sep. 3, Motorists in Sweden began driving on the right-hand side of the road instead of the left.
1967 Birgit Cullberg (d.1999 at 91) founded the Cullberg Ballet.
(SFC, 9/10/99, p.D6)
1967 Växjö University was founded in southern Sweden. In 2005 the rapidly developing knowledge centre had about 15,500 students enrolled in undergraduate studies with 900 people employed as researchers, teachers or administrators.
1968 The first gathering of folk-musicians at Bingsjö was held.
(NH, 4/97, p.31)
1968 The Nobel Memorial Prize in
Economic Sciences was first endowed by Sweden’s central bank. It is the only Nobel Prize that was not created by Alfred Nobel in 1901.
(WSJ, 10/11/95, p. A-16)(WSJ, 10/15/98, p.A22)
1970 Oct, Sir
Bernard Katz (d.2003 at 92) shared the Nobel Prize (medicine or physiology) for his discovery of how nerve cells communicate with each other and with the muscles they control. Ulf von Euler of Sweden and Julius Axelrod of the US shared the prize for their work on neuro-transmitters.
1970 Oct, The Nobel Prize for Physics was won by Louis Neel (d.2000 at 95) of France for discoveries about magnetic fields and Hanes Alfven of Sweden for work on interactions between plasmas and magnetic fields.
(SFC, 11/25/00, p.A23)
1971 Oct, Earl W. Sutherland Jr. (1915-1974), US pharmacologist, won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his discoveries concerning the mechanisms of the action of hormones.
1971 Sweden moved to keep out foreign shoes on the grounds of national security.
1971 Sweden’s Saab become the first car to have heated seating.
1972 Jun 5, A United Nations
Conference on the Human Environment began in Stockholm. World Environment Day (WED) from this day on was celebrated every year on 5 June to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action.
1972 Sweden’s PM Olof Palme compared America’s bombing in Vietnam to Nazi atrocities during WWII. America in response cut diplomatic ties with Sweden; they were not restored until 1974.
1973 Aug 23, A bank robbery-turned-hostage standoff began in Stockholm, Sweden; by the time the crisis ended, the four hostages had come to empathize with their captors, an occurrence that came to be known as "Stockholm
1974 The group Abba of Sweden won the Eurovision song contest with their song “Waterloo.”
1974 Eyvind Johnson and Harry Martinson of Sweden shared the Nobel Prize in Literature.
1974 In Sweden the giant Kockums crane became the symbol
of the city of Malmo. Its last use in Malmö was in 1997, when it lifted the foundations of the high pillars of the Oresund Bridge. It was dismantled and sent to South Korea in 2002.
(Econ, 2/2/13, SR p.8)
1974 Sweden established a parental leave
program for new fathers. When state-subsidized parental leave was introduced this year, women took nearly all of the parental leave. Men would wash dishes and fold the laundry, but child-rearing was considered a female domain. A milestone was crossed in 1995 when the government started earmarking one month of parental leave benefits for each parent. Seven years later it was increased to two
months. Then came the equality bonus that further encouraged men to take daddy leave.
(Econ, 1/10/04, p.46)(AP, 10/23/11)
1975 Apr 24, Hanna Krabbe (b.1945), a German Red Army faction guerrilla, took
part in a Baader-Meinhof gang attack on the German embassy in Stockholm in which two German diplomats died. German chancellor Helmut Schmidt approved the storming of the building by Swedish police. Krabbe was arrested and sentenced to 21 years confinement and was released in 1996.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_German_embassy_siege)(SFC, 5/11/96, p.A-9)
1975 Sweden established one of the world’s first national biobanks.
(Econ, 12/10/05, TQ
1976 Apr 22, Director Ingmar Bergman left Sweden due to taxation.
1976-1982 A center-right government led Sweden.
(Econ, 9/15/07, p.66)
1978 The opera "Le Grande Macabre" by Gyorgi Ligeti (1923-2006) premiered in
(WSJ, 7/31/97, p.A16)(www.naxos.com/composerinfo/bio22120.htm)
1979 Sweden became the first country to outlaw all violence by adults on children and teenagers. By 2010 twenty five
countries had anti-spanking statutes.
(Econ, 9/4/04, p.54)(Econ, 5/31/08, p.62)(AP, 7/14/10)
1980 Dec 10, Czeslaw Milosz of UC Berkeley, a Polish-born American, received the Nobel Prize in literature
from King Carl Gustaf in Sweden.
(SFC, 12/9/05, p.F2)(AP, 10/8/09)
1980 Sweden passed a referendum to wean itself off nuclear power. In 2010 a center-right government overturned the 1980 decision. As
of 2012 Sweden had 10 nuclear reactors at the country's three power plants: Ringhals, Forsmark and Oskarshamn, providing about half of the country's electricity.
(Econ, 8/12/06, p.44)(AP, 6/21/12)
1980 Swedish-German philanthropist Jakob von Uexkull
founded the Right Livelihood Awards to recognize work he felt was being ignored by the Nobel Prizes.
1981 Apr 30, William Eugene Cox and Annika Oestberg Deasy (27) robbed and
killed Joseph Torre (58), a restaurant owner, in Stockton, Ca. A few days later they killed Sgt. Richard Helbush and stole his patrol car. They were both caught and sentenced to long jail terms. Cox later hanged himself in jail. In 1999 Sweden called for the transfer of Deasy to Sweden under the 1983 Strasbourg Treaty, which provided for prisoner transfers. In 2009 a Swedish court ruled that
Annika Ostberg (55) would be released in 2011.
(SFC, 11/9/99, p.A13)(AP, 11/16/09)
1981 Oct 5, President Ronald Reagan signed a resolution granting honorary American citizenship to Swedish diplomat
Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving about 100,000 Hungarians, most of them Jews, from the Nazis during WW II. He became the second honorary American. Winston Churchill was the first.
Aug 29, Ingrid Bergman (b.1915), Swedish film star, died in England. In 1997 Donald Spoto wrote a biography of Ingrid Bergman: "Notorious, The Life of Ingrid Bergman." Bergman’s own autobiography was titled "My Story."
(SFEC, 7/20/97, BR p.6)(SFC, 5/31/00,
1982 Sep 13, In Sweden Marcus Wallenberg Jr. (b.1899), former tennis champion and banker, died.
1982 Oct 7, Olof Palme was sworn in as Sweden’s prime minister.
1982 The film “Fanny and Alexander” featured Jarl Kulle (d. 1997 at 70) and was directed by Ingmar Bergman. The part of innkeeper and seducer Gustav Adolf Ekdahl was especially written for Mr. Kulle. The film won 4 Academy Awards.
1982 Swedish scientists Dr. Sune Karl Bergstrom (d.2004), Bengt Samuelsson and John R. Vane of Britain shared the Nobel Prize for Physiology or medicine for their work on natural chemicals involved in birth, blood clotting and pain control. Samuelson received
the Nobel Prize for his work in 1979 when he identified a natural chemical produced in the body that helps spawn the severe, breath shortening attacks that are the hallmark of asthma.
(WSJ, 4/5/96, p.B-1)(SFC, 8/19/04, p.B7)
1982 The Stichting Ingka Foundation, a Dutch-registered, tax-exempt, non-profit legal entity, was given the shares of Ingvar Kamprad (b.1926), the Swedish founder of IKEA. In 2006 Ingka Holding, a private Dutch-registered company, was the parent of 207 of 235 worldwide IKEA companies, and it belonged to the Stichting Ingka
(Econ, 5/13/06, p.69)(SFC, 4/6/04, p.C3)
1985 Sep 15, In Sweden Olof Palme (1927-1986) formed a minority government.
1985 Nov 17, Olof Palme stopped, as he should have since he was mediating an end of the Iran-Iraq war for the UN, an illegal shipment of 80 HAWK missiles through Sweden from Israel to
1986 Feb 28, Olof Palme, Swedish Prime Minister (1969-76, 82-86), was shot to death in central Stockholm. In 1996 South African former police officer
Eugene de Kock said that Craig Williamson, a South African spy, was involved in the murder. In 1997 lawyer Pelle Svensson said that his client, Lars Tingstrom, wrote a statement on his deathbed in prison in 1993 that he had committed the killing. The family was convinced that Christer Pettersson, a drug addict and alcoholic, was the killer. In 1999 Abdullah Ocalan in Turkey suggested that a rival
PKK organization killed Olof Palme.
(SFC, 9/27/96, p.A12)(SFC, 3/26/97, p.A12)(AP, 2/28/98)(SFEC, 8/23/98, p.A26)(SFC, 6/2/99, p.C2)
1986 Mar 1, In Sweden Social Democrat Ingvar Carlsson became prime
minister. He served until October 1991. Under his administration Sweden made the decision to apply to join the EU.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prime_Minister_of_Sweden)(Econ, 3/3/07, p.57)
24, A $15 billion contract between the Indian government and Swedish arms company AB Bofors was signed for supply of over 400 155mm Howitzer field guns.
1987 Apr 16, Swedish Radio claimed
that Swedish arms company AB Bofors paid kickbacks to top Indian politicians and key defense officials to secure a deal.
1987 May 17, Gunnar Myrdal (b.1898), Swedish
economist (Nobel 1974), died.
1987 An Ikea subsidiary in Berlin and an East German company contracted for Cuban prison labor to build 45,000 tables and
40,000 sofa groupings. The deal blossomed into a scandal in 2012 following reports of the deal by a German newspaper.
(SFC, 5/11/12, p.A7)
1988 Apr 5, Alf Kjellin, Swedish actor, director (Juggler),
1988 Sep 11, Mats Wilander of Sweden won the men's U.S. Open title in New York.
1988 Dec 6, Arafat met prominent American Jews in Stockholm, Sweden.
1988 The Swedish film “Pelle the Conqueror” with Max von Sydow won the Cannes Festival Palme d’Or.
(SFEC, 4/20/97, DB
1988 Max von Sydow wrote and directed the film “Katinka” based on the Danish book by Herman Bang.
(SFEC, 4/20/97, DB p.47)
1989 Sep, Werner Aspenstrom (1919-1997), Swedish poet, resigned from the Nobel Academy for literature, along with novelists Kerstin Ekman and Lars Gyllensten, for the academy’s weak response to the Salmon Rushdie controversy. Aspenstrom’s work included "Snolegend" (1949) and "Varelser"
1989 Nov 1, A Scandinavian Airlines System (SAS) and Finnair ban on smoking took effect for all Nordic flights.
1989 Dec 15, GM and SAAB agreed to form a 50-50 joint auto-making company, called Saab Automobile A.B. GM acquired the rest of SAAB a decade
(http://tinyurl.com/oktgl)(Econ, 1/31/09, p.72)
1989 Mohammed Abu Talb was arrested in Sweden for the 1985 bombing in Copenhagen that killed one person and injured 16. He was also implicated in
the 1988 bombing of the Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.
(SFC, 11/25/99, p.A14)
1990 Mar, GM and SAAB completed setting up a joint auto-making venture in Europe. They had agreed on Dec. 15,
1989, to form a 50-50 joint auto-making company, called Saab Automobile A.B.
1990 Jul 8, Sweden’s Stefan Edberg beat Boris Becker of West Germany to capture his second men’s
tennis championship at Wimbledon.
1990 Oct 21, Walther Sommerlath (b.1901), the father of Sweden’s Queen Silvia, died in Heidelberg. During WWII he swapped a coffee farm in Brazil for a
German-based business owned by Efim Wechsler, a Jewish businessman. This allowed Wechsler to emigrate from Nazi Germany.
(SFC, 12/21/12, p.A8)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walther_Sommerlath)
c1990 The Ishotellet, or Ice
Hotel, in Jukkasjaervi began annual operations. The one-story hotel was rebuilt every December and lasted to May.
(SFC, 2/11/98, p.B3)
1990 Sweden adopted legislation that lowered the blood alcohol
limit for all drivers to .02%. The US standard was .08%.
1991 Oct 4, Carl Bildt (b.1949), leader of the Moderates, began serving PM of Sweden and continued to Oct 7, 1994. His
center-right government was blighted by a deep recession followed by a huge row over whether to build the Oresund Bridge to Denmark.
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Bildt)(SFC, 9/20/98, p.A12)(Econ, 9/23/06, p.60)
1991 Sweden’s right-wing government passed a law allowing charities, religious organizations, groups of parents and businesses to open schools and get as much state money per student as state-run schools.
(Econ, 4/24/10, p.24)
Sweden cancelled its financial transactions tax (FTT).
(Econ, 3/16/13, p.20)
1992 Mar 5, In Copenhagen the Ministers for Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany,
Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia and Sweden, in the presence of the representative from the European Commission, opened a 2-day meeting and decided to establish a Council of the Baltic Sea States to serve as a forum for guidance and overall coordination among the participating states. Iceland joined the CBSS in 1995
1992 Sweden rescued its banking system pushing it gross public debt up to 73% of its GDP from 55% a year earlier. Sweden set up 2 bad banks to handle the crummier assets of Nordbanken
and Gota Bank, which were nationalized. The eventual cost of the bailout was kept under 2% of GDP. Nordbanken became Nordea and was partly refloated in 1995, but the state remained its largest shareholder.
(Econ, 10/11/08, p.100)(Econ, 11/29/08, p.76)(Econ, 5/16/09, SR p.5)
1993 Sep 6, Automakers Renault of France and Volvo of Sweden announced they would merge; however, Volvo canceled the deal the following December.
1993 Fredrik Reinfeldt (28) authored “The Sleeping People,” in which he said that Swedes were mentally handicapped and indoctrinated to believe that politicians can create and guarantee welfare. In 2006 he led a 4-party center right alliance to oust the Social Democrats.
(Econ, 9/23/06, p.61)
1993 Sweden privatized Posten AB, its postal network.
1994 Mar 17, Mae Zetterling (b.1925), Swedish director and actress (Night Games), died.
1994 Jun 11, Mattias Flink (b.1970), a Swedish army lieutenant went berserk and killed 7 people. Flink was placed in the Norrköping prison but was subsequently moved to Beateberg prison outside of Stockholm.
1994 Nov 13, Sweden voted to join the European Union.
1994 Anders Isaksson wrote “Always More, Never Enough,” a critique of the welfare system.
(WSJ, 9/25/96, p.A1)
In Sweden reforms came into force that allowed pretty much anyone, who satisfies basic standards, to open a new school and take in children at the state’s expense.
(Econ, 6/14/08, p.83)
1995 Jan 1,
Austria, Finland and Sweden joined the European Union. Sweden held their elections to the parliament later that year on 17 September. Austria held its elections on 13 October, 1996 and Finland on 20 October, 1996.
1995 Gay marriages were legalized.
(SFC, 6/28/96, p.A14)
Esstar Corp., sold Milwaukee Electric Tool to Sweden’s Atlas Copco and changed its name to Essex Industries. In Dec., Essex agreed to be acquired by Assa Abloy, a Swedish lock maker. It had begun in 1891 as American Sugar Refining Co.
(WSJ, 5/28/96, p. R-45)
1995 Metro Int’l., a Swedish firm, pioneered free daily newspapers supported by advertising.
(Econ, 8/26/06, p.54)
Upjohn Co. of Kalamazoo merged with Pharmacia AB of Sweden to form Pharmacia & Upjohn. Fred Hassan was called in to lead the new company.
(WSJ, 2/2/99, p.B1)
1995 In Sweden a
young man killed 4 people and wounded 20 with an assault rifle after he was denied admittance to a discotheque.
(SFEC, 8/24/98, p.A26)
1996 Jun 9, The latest unemployment rate was
(SFC, 6/9/96, Parade, p.9)
1996 Jul 7, The average cost of a Big Mac in Sweden was $3.87.
(SFC, 7/7/96, Parade,
1996 Sep 19, The Arctic Council was founded to promote joint scientific research and to study pollution, conservation and mapping. The Ottawa Declaration named eight members of the Arctic Council: Canada, Russia, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, the United States,
Sweden and Finland. The first step towards the formation of the Council occurred in 1991 when eight Arctic countries signed the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy (AEPS).
(Econ, 3/24/12, p.61)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctic_Council)
1997 Jan 5, Prince Bertil (84), son of King Gustof Adolf VI, died.
(SFC, 1/7/97, p.A17)
1997 Jul 4, Ritt Goldstein, a businessman from Danbury, Conn., arrived and sought political asylum. He claimed to be persecuted in the US for his crusade for civilian oversight of the police.
(SFC, 10/14/98, p.A10)
1997 Oct 25, In Norway it was reported that a new 8-mile tunnel outside of Oslo was draining water from nearby lakes at the rate of 10,000 gallons a minute. The sealing compound Rhoca-Gil was supposed to stop the leaks, but its use in Sweden had already caused water to be contaminated with acrylamide, an agent
that causes nerve damage. In Sweden construction of a controversial tunnel was halted when water draining from the tunnel was found to be contaminated by the sealing compound, Rhoca-Gil.
Gunvor, a Cyprus-registered commodities dealer, was created by Russian oil trader Gennady Timchenko and Swedish oil trader Torbjorn Tornqvist. By 2011 its revenues had grown to $80 billion.
(Econ, 5/5/12, p.59)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunvor_%28company%29)
1998 May 12, Singer Ray Charles and sitar master Ravi Shankar received the Polar Music Prize, $133,000, from King Carl Gustav XVI in Sweden. The award was established by Stig Anderson, manager of the Abba pop group.
1998 Jul 15, It was reported that Sweden’s highest administrative court ruled that anyone can read “sacred documents” of the Church of Scientology. 150 confidential pages of the “sacred documents” were restricted to only some 350 of 8 million Scientologists.
Copies were given to the Swedish parliament by a Church enemy and made public. Scientology asserts, and the US agrees, that copyright was violated. The case may wind up in the European Court of Justice.
(SFC, 7/15/98, p.A8)(http://tinyurl.com/oq3lr)
1998 Sep 20, The Social Democrats led by Prime Minister Goran Persson won the elections with 36.5% of the vote vs. 22.7% for the opposition Moderates led by Carl Bildt.
(SFC, 9/20/98, p.A12)
1998 Oct 5, Prime Minister Goran Persson of the Social Democrats reached a 3-party agreement with the Left and the Greens.
(SFC, 10/6/98, p.A12)
1998 Oct 12, Canada planned to begin discussion with Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Liechtenstein for the first trans-Atlantic free-trade pact.
(WSJ, 10/12/98, p.A1)
Oct 29, In Goteberg a fire burned a discotheque with hundreds of teenagers and 63 people were killed. In 2000 four young men were sentenced to prison terms of 3-8 years.
(SFC, 10/30/98, p.A15)(WSJ, 11/4/98, p.A1)(SFC, 6/9/00, p.A15)
1998 Nov 18, The Swedish bank Skandinavska Enskilda acquired a 32% stake in Eesti Uhispank of Estonia, as well as a 36% stake in Latvia’s Latvijas Unibanka. Skandinavska Enskilda, controlled by the Wallenberg family, was also negotiating a deal to acquire interest in Vilniaus Bank of
(WSJ, 11/19/98, p.A16)
1998 Dec, In Sweden a Latvian team won the first European championships in Fire Sculpture.
1998 Walter Galenson (d.2000 at 85), American labor economist, authored "The World's Strongest Trade Unions," a work about Scandinavian unions.
1998 IKEA purchased a stake in Skanska, a large Swedish construction firm.
1998 Sweden declared prostitution a form of male violence and changed policies so that men buying sex were charged with committing a criminal offence.
(Econ, 12/23/06, p.86)
1999 Jan 28, Ford Motor Co, confirmed the acquisition of the passenger car division of Volvo AB.
(SFC, 1/28/99, p.B1)
Jan, Norway and Sweden announced a plan to merge their state-owned phone carriers.
(WSJ, 3/29/99, p.A21)
1999 Feb 22, The Pinkerton detective agency was sold to the Swedish company
Securitas AB for $384 million.
(SFC, 2/23/99, p.C4)
1999 Aug 8, AB Volvo reached a deal to acquire Scania AB for $7.3 billion.
1999 Sep 30, A spot currency trader in Germany for Electrolux of Sweden amassed losses that totaled some $28.3 million by this date.
1999 Oct 12, Bjorn Soderberg (b.1958), a member of a Swedish far-left union, was shot and killed. Prosecutors said the killing was revenge for the Soderberg's public denouncement of a co-worker who belonged to a neo-Nazi organization. In 2000 three men,
including Hampus Hellekant, were convicted in the fatal shooting. Hellekant served 7 years in prison and in 2007 was admitted to the medical school of the Karolinska institute under the name Karl Svensson. He was expelled after 4 months when his former identity was revealed.
1999 The musical “Mamma Mia!” opened in London based on the music by Abba. The songs were written by founders Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus.
(WSJ, 10/24/01, p.A20)
1999 The Swedish film “Lucky People Center International” was a patchwork film by the Lucky People Center collective.
(SFEC, 4/11/99, DB p.35)
1999 Sweden established its so-called "Sex Purchase Law," where paying for sex is punished by fines or up to six months in prison, plus the humiliation of public exposure.
1999 South Africa signed a
deal with Saab for 26 JAS Gripen fighter jets for 1.6 billion euros. The deal was later trimmed to 26 planes. Allegations of fraud later arose after Saab disclosed that bribes had been paid in the form of bonuses and salaries between 2003 and 2005 by its South African subsidiary Sanip, which was then controlled by BAE Systems.
2000 Jul 1, The Oeresund Fixed Link (Oresund Bridge), the centerpiece of a $3.5 billion, 10-mile rail, motorway, bridge and tunnel project between Copenhagen and southern Sweden was scheduled for completion. Danish Queen Margrethe II met with Swedish King
Carl Gustaf XVI on the artificial isle of Peberholm, half way across.
(WSJ, 5/26/00, p.A20)(SFEC, 6/25/00, p.T3)
2000 Dec 22, Three armed robbers stormed into Stockholm's National Museum and made off
with a Rembrandt self-portrait and two masterpieces by Renoir. 10 people were later sentenced to prison for their roles in the theft; all three paintings have been recovered.
Sweden, in the first round of pension fund choice, individuals had to choose from a staggering array of 465 funds.
2000 In Sweden Kunskapsskolan
(Knowledge Schools), a private education provider, opened its first 6 schools. By 2008 it had 30 schools.
(Econ, 6/14/08, p.83)
2000 GM took full control of
2001 Jan 1, Sweden took over the 6-month rotating presidency of the EU. Its priorities centered on enlargement of the union, along with
environment and employment concerns.
(WSJ, 1/04/00, p.A15)
2001 May 22, In Sweden delegates from 127 countries formally adopted a global treaty banning 12 toxic chemicals called persistent organic
(SFC, 5/23/01, p.C4)
2001 May 23, The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPS) opened for signature in Stockholm, Sweden. The convention entered into force on May
17th, 2004 with ratification by an initial 128 parties and 151 signatories.
(http://tinyurl.com/5exstm)(SSFC, 7/6/08, p.A2)
2001 Jun 15, In Goteborg some 12,000 demonstrators demonstrated and set up
flaming barricades to protest globalization. Police cordons had kept them away from Pres. Bush and EU leaders.
(SFC, 6/16/01, p.A6)
2001 Jun 16, In Goteborg 15 EU leaders ended a 3-day summit and
agreed to a firm timetable to admit new members by 2004.
(SSFC, 6/17/01, p.A12)
2001 Nov 27, Olaf Stromberg, a Swedish TV journalist, was killed while sleeping in northern Afghanistan during a
suspected robbery attempt. He was the 8th journalist slain in the conflict.
(SFC, 11/27/01, p.A10)(SFC, 11/28/01, p.A1)
2001 Dec, Vebjorn Sand, Norwegian artist, completed a 330-foot bridge linking
Norway and Sweden at Aas, 16 miles south of Oslo. The design was based on plans drawn up by Leonardo da Vinci in 1502.
(SSFC, 12/9/01, p.C2)
2001 Dec, Ahmed Agiza and fellow Egyptian Muhammed Alzery were handed over to US agents at Bromma Airport in
Stockholm and taken to Egypt, where they were tortured as a result. Alzery was released in 2003 without standing trial, while Agiza was convicted of planning to overthrow the Egyptian government and sentenced to 15 years in prison. He was freed by Egyptian authorities last year.
2001 KaZaA, an internet file-sharing program, was founded in Amsterdam by Niklas Zennstrom of Sweden and Janus Friis of Denmark.
2001 Braathens, a Norwegian airline, was taken over by the SAS Group, partly owned by the governments of Sweden, Denmark and Norway. It merged with SAS in 2004.
2001 At Washington’s request the UN Security Council ordered that the assets of Yassin Qadi, a Saudi businessman and multimillionaire, be frozen soon after the Sep 11 attacks in NYC. He was alleged to be a financier of Islamic terrorism with close links to al-Qaida.
The European Union governments froze the assets of the assets of Yasin al-Qadi, a Saudi businessman, and the Al-Barakaat International Foundation, a Sweden-based charity suspected of funding al-Qaida terror groups. In 2008 the European Union's highest court overturned the decision saying the order failed to offer those on a terror blacklist any legal rights to a judicial review under
(WSJ, 8/29/07, p.A1)(AP, 9/3/08)
2002 Jan 28, In Sweden Astrid Lindgren (b.1907), author of “Pippi Longstocking” (1945), died in Stockholm.
(SFC, 1/29/02, p.A17)
2002 Feb 21, It was reported that Sweden had fallen to 17th place among the world’s wealthiest nations in per capita income from 3rd or 4th in the 1970s.
2002 Jun 5, Legislators voted to let same-sex couples adopt children.
(SFC, 6/6/02, p.A10)
2002 Aug 19, Swedish financier Jan Stenbeck (59), who developed an extensive network of media and telecommunications companies, died in Paris.
Aug 25, Former Swedish diplomat Per Anger (88), who'd worked with Raoul Wallenberg in shielding thousands of Hungarian Jews from Nazi death camps, died in Stockholm, Sweden.
2002 Aug 29,
Kerim Sadok Chatty, 29, of Tunisian origin was arrested with a gun in his carry-on luggage at a Swedish airport as he headed to an Islamic conference in Birmingham, England. He had flunked out of a flight school in South Carolina in 1996. Chatty was charged with attempted hijacking on Sep 2.
(AP, 9/1/02)(SFC, 9/3/02,
2002 Sep 15, Sweden's voters bucked the conservative trend in Europe, reaffirming support for the country's generous welfare system. The ruling Social Democrats claimed victory in the national elections.
2002 Dec 10, In Sweden King Carl XIV Gustaf awarded the Nobel Prizes.
2002 In Sweden gunmen stole about $5.6 million in foreign currency being unloaded from a plane at Stockholm's Arlanda airport. Several suspects were arrested, but all were released due to lack of evidence.
2002 Signe Hasso (b.1915), film actress, died in LA.
(SFC, 6/10/02, p.B6)
Jan 28, In Sweden Keith Jarrett was named winner of the $117,000 Polar Music Prize, founded in 1989 by Stig Anderson, manager of ABBA.
(SFC, 1/29/03, p.D8)
2003 Jan 30, Sweden said
it will contribute $5.9 million to help Afghanistan repay debts to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
2003 May 11, Anson Carter scored at 13:49 of overtime to give Canada
a 3-2 victory over Sweden and win its first world ice hockey championship since 1997.
2003 Sep 10, Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh was stabbed in the stomach and wrist at an exclusive
department store in downtown Stockholm. She died the next day. In 2003 Mijailo Mijailovic, a 25-year-old Swede of Yugoslav origin, confessed to the murder. In 2004 Mijailovic was sentenced to life in prison.
(AP, 9/10/03)(AP, 9/11/03)(AP, 1/7/04)(SFC, 3/24/04, p.A8)
2003 Sep 11, Sweden's Foreign Minister Anna Lindh died after being stabbed Sep 10 by a mystery attacker.
Sep 14, Sweden voted 56-42% "No" in a referendum on whether to adopt the euro.
2003 Sep 23, A power outage struck the capital of Denmark and southern Sweden,
leaving nearly 4 million people without electricity.
2003 Sep 24, Swedish police arrested a new suspect in the murder of Foreign Minister Anna Lindh, and released a man they had held for
more than a week.
2003 Oct 8, The Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel was awarded to American Robert F. Engle (60) of NY Univ. and Briton Clive W.G.
Granger (1934-2009) of visiting scholar at Canterbury Univ. in New Zealand for their work in statistical techniques to measure investment risk and track economic trends.
(WSJ, 10/9/03, p.A2)(USAT, 10/9/03, p.8B)(SFC, 6/3/09, p.B5)
2003 Dec 1, A report laid bare a corporate scandal at Skandia, Sweden's largest insurer.
(Econ, 12/6/03, p.67)
2003 Dec 10, The Nobel Prize awards ceremony were
held in Sweden and Norway. Iranian democracy activist Shirin Ebadi, the first Muslim woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, accepted the award in Oslo, Norway.
(AP, 12/10/03)(AP, 12/10/08)
passed legislation requiring women to hold 30% of the seats in parliament.
(Econ, 9/20/08, p.76)
2004 Jan 7, Ingrid Thulin (b.1926), Swedish actress, died in Stockholm. Her films included "Foreign
(SFC, 1/9/04, p.A21)
2004 Jan 6, Mijailo Mijailovic confessed to the fatal stabbing of Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh in September
2004 Feb 28, It was reported that 80% of Americans claim to believe in God, compared with 62% of the French and 52% of Swedes.
(Econ, 2/28/04, p.34)
2004 Jul 8, A Swedish appeals court threw out a life prison sentence for the convicted killer of Foreign Minister Anna Lindh, ruling that Mijailo Mijailovic should receive treatment for his "significant psychiatric
2004 Aug 15, In Sweden Dr. Sune Karl Bergstrom (88), 1982 Nobel laureate, died.
2004 Oct 4, Tiger Woods married Swedish model Elin Nordegren in Barbados.
2004 Nov 9, Stieg Larsson (b.1954), Swedish novelist, died of a heart attack. By 2009 his “The Millennium Trilogy,” published posthumously, had sold more than 12 million copies around the world. The books centered on the heroine Lisbeth Salander, a tattooed bisexual waif with autistic tendencies, a profound distrust of authority, as well as astonishing
computer skills and physical courage. The first book in the trilogy, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” was released as a film in 2010.
(Econ, 10/31/09, p.98)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stieg_Larsson)(Econ, 3/13/10, p.85)
2004 Dec 26, Thousands of Europeans died in the Asian tsunami disaster. The dead included 543 from Sweden.
(AP, 12/31/04)(Econ, 9/9/06, p.27)
2005 Jan 1, Sweden was
forecast for 2.7% annual GDP growth with a population at 9.1 million and GDP per head at $43,480.
(Econ, 1/8/05, p.89)
2005 Jan 8, Hurricane-force winds swept across northern Europe, leaving at least
13 dead including 3 in Carlisle, England, 4 in Denmark and 6 in Sweden.
2005 Feb 25, Gapminder was founded in Stockholm by Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund and Hans Rosling. It is a
non-profit venture promoting sustainable global development and achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals by increased use and understanding of statistics and other information about social, economic and environmental development at local, national and global levels.
12/11/10, TQ p.26)
2005 Jun 10, King Harald V of Norway and King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden met in the middle of the Svinesund bridge and opened the span over a fjord south of Oslo.
2005 Jun 28, Swedish truck and bus maker Volvo AB said it will close an assembly plant in Botswana and open a new factory in Durban, South Africa.
2005 Aug 25, In Sweden robbers toting automatic weapons crashed a tractor through the wall of a Securitas compound in a Stockholm suburb. Swedish media reported that the robbers got away with 60 million kronor (euro6.4 million, US$7.86 million), which would
make it one of the largest cash robberies ever in the country. 2 men, aged 35 and 32, were arrested Sep 15 in northern Stockholm on suspicion of involvement in the robbery.
2005 Aug 27,
In Sweden the HSB Turning Torso skyscraper was completed and became the new landmark for the city of Malmo.
(Econ, 2/2/13, SR p.8)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turning_Torso)
2005 Aug 29, A Swedish
nuclear power plant shut down one of its three reactors because of an abnormal accumulation of jellyfish in the cooling system.
2005 Sep 6, Lars Erik Petersson, former chief executive of
Sweden's largest insurer, Skandia, was charged with fraud for allegedly handing out large bonuses to other executives without board approval.
2005 Sep 29, In Sweden Saab said it plans to
recall almost 300,000 cars worldwide because of a problem with the ignition system.
2005 Oct 5, Americans Robert H. Grubbs and Richard R. Schrock and Yves Chauvin of France won the Nobel
Prize in chemistry for discoveries that let industry create drugs and advanced plastics in a more efficient and environmentally friendly way.
2005 Oct 10, Robert J. Aumann of Israel and
Thomas C. Schelling of the Univ. of Maryland won the 2005 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for their work in game theory that explains political and economic conflicts, arms races and even preventing warfare.
2005 Oct 13, British playwright Harold Pinter, who juxtaposed the brutal and the banal in such works as "The Caretaker" and "The Birthday Party" and made an art form out of spare language and unbearable silence, won the 2005 Nobel Prize in literature.
2005 Oct 17, Abdi Hassan Awale, who once served as Somalia's interior minister, was arrested on suspicion of war crimes while attending a conference in Sweden. He is suspected of being a militia leader during the Oct 3, 1993, "Black Hawk Down" battle that
left 18 Americans dead.
2005 Dec 12, Swedish home-appliance maker AB Electrolux said it will close its plant in Nuremberg, Germany, by the end of 2007, transferring production to Poland
and Italy and eliminating 1,750 jobs.
2005 Dec 22, Sweden's immigration authority was facing harsh criticism after media reported that employees celebrated deportations of asylum-seekers
with cakes and champagne.
2005 Dec 25, Birgit Nilsson (b.1918), Swedish opera singer, died. Her prodigious voice, unrivaled stamina and thrilling high notes made her the greatest
Wagnerian soprano of the post-World War II era.
(AP, 1/11/06)(SFC, 1/12/06, p.A2)
2005 Sweden eliminated its inheritance tax.
(Economist, 10/13/12, SR p.20)
2006 Jan 19, A Swedish man who confessed to killing two women and drinking their blood was charged with double murder. The 29-year-old man was arrested in October on suspicion of stabbing the women to death in two separate
2006 Jan 20, German factory workers at Swedish home-appliances maker AB Electrolux launched a strike, demanding a better severance package when the plant shuts down late next
2006 Feb 21, It was reported that the Stockholm chapter of the biker gang Hell's Angels is being investigated for fraud after police found 70 percent of members were certified as
depressed by the same doctor and were getting state sickness benefits.
2006 Feb 26, On the final day of the Turin Winter Olympics, Sweden beat Finland 3-2 to win the men's hockey
gold. Germany led the gold medal count with 29. The US won 25 medals including 9 gold, Canada won 24, Austria 23 and Russia 22. Drew Lachey leaped to victory with professional partner Cheryl Burke on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." Shizuka Arakawa won a gold medal for Japan in figure skating.
(SFC, 2/27/06, p.A1)(SFC, 2/27/06,
2006 Feb, In Sweden a painting by Swedish writer and painter August Strindberg (1849-1912) was stolen from a Stockholm museum. The 1893 painting "Svartsjukans Natt," or "Jealousy's Night," was valued at $1.5 million. In 2008 police recovered the
work and arrested 2 suspects.
2006 Mar 3, An EU executive said Sweden's first case of mad cow disease has been confirmed by the European Union's central
2006 Mar 7, In Sweden masked gunmen crashed through an airport fence at the Landvetter airport outside Goteborg, held up luggage handlers unloading crates of foreign currency
from an airliner, and left behind a suspicious package that looked like a bomb.
2006 Mar 15, Sweden recorded its first case of the deadly H5N1 bird flu strain, saying European laboratory
tests confirm two wild birds found dead in the southeast were infected with the virus.
2006 Mar 21, Sweden's foreign minister resigned, accused of lying about shutting down a far-right
Web site that solicited cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.
2006 Apr 23, It was reported that Sweden has allowed the letter 'W' into the mainstream of the Swedish language. The Swedish
language, according to the Swedish Academy, now has 29 letters instead of 28.
2006 May 2, In Iran a court sentenced two Swedes to three years in prison each for photographing military
installations. The two men, both in their 30s, were convicted of photographing military buildings and telecommunications equipment on Qeshm, an Iranian island in the Strait of Hormuz.
Jun 1, Swedish lawmakers approved a law that makes it possible for the Scandinavian country to imprison former Liberian President Charles Taylor if a UN-backed tribunal convicts him of war crimes.
Jul 19, Sweden launched a fresh effort to salvage Sri Lanka's troubled truce as ceasefire monitors reported at least 900 people killed in a surge of ethnic violence since December.
Jul 25, Officials and news reports said the Swedish government knew in 2000 that Saddam Hussein's government demanded kickbacks from companies participating in the UN Oil-for-Food Program.
2006 Sep 1, World donors pledged $500 million in aid for Palestinians, including $55 million for a UN emergency appeal for humanitarian help. Carin Jamtin, Sweden's aid minister and host of the donors' conference held in the Swedish capital, said a total of $114 million of the money pledged will go toward humanitarian aid, with the rest going to rebuilding
infrastructure and other projects.
2006 Sep 2, The former Stella Polaris, a historic ocean liner (1927-1970), sank overnight off Japan's southeastern coast. The Swedish company Petro-Fast
AB had planned to operate the ship, renamed the Scandinavia, as a hotel-restaurant in Stockholm.
2006 Sep 16, Sten Andersson (b.1923), a leading figure in Sweden's governing Social
Democratic Party and one-time mediator in the Middle East peace process, died. As foreign minister from 1985 to 1991, Andersson helped start a dialogue between the Palestine Liberation Organization and the US.
2006 Sep 17, In Sweden PM Goeran Persson, head of the minority Social Democrat government for 10 years, faced Fredrik Reinfeldt (41), who led the four-party Alliance for Sweden, after a campaign focused on getting Swedes back into the job market. The center-right opposition, vowing to streamline Sweden's famed welfare state, ousted the Social Democratic
government with 48.1% of the vote, ending 12 years of leftist rule. Fredrik Reinfeldt (41), head of the main opposition Moderate Party, became prime minister. He authored the 1993 book "The Sleeping Nation," in which he criticized the cradle-to-grave welfare state. Fredrik Reinfeldt renamed his party the “New Moderates.”
9/17/06)(Econ, 9/23/06, p.16)(Econ, 9/23/06, p.60)
2006 Sep 20, Sven Nykvist (b.1922), Swedish cinematographer, died. He began working with Ingmar Bergman in 1953, eventually became his full-time cinematographer, pushing the director's work in a new direction.
Nykvist won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for two Bergman movies, Cries and Whispers (1973), and Fanny and Alexander (1982).
2006 Oct 14, Maria
Borelius, Sweden's trade minister, resigned over allegations of tax evasion after just one week in office, saying media pressure has made her life impossible.
Oct 16, Sweden’s Culture Minister Cecilia Stego Chilo issued a statement saying she could not carry out her duties after it was revealed that she evaded taxes by paying a nanny under the table and failed to pay her mandatory TV license fee. Surveys showed about one-third of Swedes have bought "black market services," mostly for cleaning, painting or carpentry jobs. Hiring a
cleaner legally costs around $40 an hour, including taxes, while a black market hire will do the job for less than $14, tax-free.
(AP, 10/16/06)(AP, 10/20/06)
2006 Nov 1, A Swedish freighter capsized
and sank in a storm on the Baltic Sea, forcing its 14-member crew to jump overboard to save themselves. Rescue officials said helicopters plucked all but one man from the high waves and chilly waters. The 500-foot-long Finnbirch went down between the Swedish islands of Gotland and Oland.
2007 Jan 14, Hurricane-strength winds whipped across southwestern Sweden, leaving more than 100,000 households without power and causing major disruptions in train and boat traffic across Scandinavia.
2007 Jan 22, Klas Bergenstrand (61), the head of Sweden's intelligence agency, died from an apparent heart attack.
2007 Jan 26, The Swedish government announced an agreement with suborbital space-tourism company Virgin Galactic that Swedish officials believe will lead to midsummer and mid-winter flights of Virgin's SpaceshipTwo vehicle to observe the Aurora Borealis from
2007 Jan 30, In Sweden former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Darfur human rights activist Mossaad Mohamed Ali won the Olof Palme Prize for
their work to protect human rights.
2007 Feb 27, In central Sweden 2 crowded commuter buses collided on a slippery road, killing six people and injuring nearly
2007 Mar 6, Volkswagen's new chief executive Martin Winterkorn has been nominated as chairman of Swedish truck maker Scania in a new phase in the plans for a three-way tie-up with
German group MAN. VW is Scania's biggest shareholder with a voting stake of 34 percent and traditionally holds the chair of the Swedish truck maker's supervisory board.
2007 Mar 20,
Nyamko Sabuni (37), a Congolese immigrant and Sweden's first black minister, said the oppression of women and girls in the name of family honor has become an urgent problem in Sweden with the arrival of growing numbers of immigrants over the past few years.
2007 Mar 24, Swedish truck maker Volvo said it has successfully acquired Japan's Nissan Diesel, the latest merger in the industry as companies prepare for more stringent emissions rules.
2007 Mar 27, Swedish artist Hans Hedberg (89), known for his outsized fruit and egg ceramic sculptures and, died.
Apr 16, In Iran 2 Swedish construction workers, who had been convicted of espionage and imprisoned for taking photographs of military installations, were released after being pardoned.
2007 May 8, In Argentina 7 managers of Skanska, a Swedish construction firm, were arrested for tax evasion. Skanska sacked the managers and paid the tax authority almost $5 million.
(Econ, 5/12/07, p.42)
2007 May 18, In Ethiopia 3 Swedish citizens were released after spending five months in jail. The three were among dozens of foreigners detained earlier this year as terror suspects.
2007 May 19, Miroslav Deronjic (52), Bosnian Serb war criminal, died in a hospital in Sweden. Deronjic, the top authority in the eastern Bosnian city of Bratunac during the 1992-1995 Bosnian War, was convicted of ordering a 1992 attack on a Bosnian village in which 65 civilians were killed. He had been serving a
10-year sentence for war crimes.
2007 May 21, Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko arrived in Sweden, kicking off a 10-day tour of Europe that will take in the three Baltic
nations and Britain, where they have faced protests in the past.
2007 May 29, Sweden said it plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020, bettering the EU's proposal to cut
emissions by at least 20%.
2007 Jun 10, Sweden’s telecoms network firm Ericsson signed a framework agreement to provide $1 billion worth of networking equipment to China Mobile
2007 Jun 25, A Swedish court ruled that convicted sex offenders are free to read pornography in their cells. It said the country's prison system had no right to deny
an imprisoned rapist access to his porn magazines.
2007 Jul 30, Ingmar Bergman (b.1918), Swedish film and stage director, died. The iconoclastic filmmaker was widely
regarded as one of the great masters of modern cinema. His 1987 autobiography was titled "The Magic Lantern."
2007 Aug 17, Borse Dubai made a $3.95 billion takeover bid for OMX AB,
challenging US-based NASDAQ Stock Market Inc. for ownership of the Stockholm-based Nordic stock exchange operator.
2007 Sep 15, An al-Qaida front group warned it will hunt down and kill
Sunni Arab tribal leaders who cooperate with the US and its Iraqi partners, saying the assassination of the leader of the revolt against the terror movement was just a beginning. An Iraqi soldier was killed when gunmen attacked a checkpoint in Baqouba. Police and army officials said eight civilians also were killed and five others wounded in attacks in and around Baqouba. The leader of al-Qaida
in Iraq offered money for the murder of a Swedish cartoonist and his editor who recently produced images deemed insulting to Islam.
2007 Sep 17, Lars Vilks, a Swedish cartoonist who
depicted Islam's Prophet Muhammad with the body of a dog, said that police have taken him to a secret location and told him he cannot return home following a death threat from al-Qaida in Iraq.
Nov 8, Nordic countries again dominated the World Economic Forum's ranking of gender-equal countries. New Zealand squeezed into the top five and the US fell to 31st place. Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland retained the top four spots in the 2007 Gender Gap Index released by the Swiss-based think tank.
2007 Dec 30, Bert Bolin (82), a Swedish climate scientist and co-founder of the Nobel Peace-winning UN panel on climate change, died in Stockholm. His last book, "A History of the Science and Politics of Climate Change: The Role of the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change" was published in November 2007.
2007 Sweden eliminated its wealth tax.
(Economist, 10/13/12, SR
2008 Jan 9, Norway and Sweden dropped plans to send some 400 troops to the UN peacekeeping force in Darfur because of opposition by Sudan.
2008 Jan 16, Sun Microsystems agreed to buy MySQL AB, a Swedish-based database firm, for $1 billion.
(SFC, 1/17/08, p.C3)
2008 Feb 1, In Sweden Christer Merrill Aggett (32), a British man, was sentenced to 14 years in prison for infecting two young women with HIV and putting 13 more at risk of infection. Six of them were under the age of 15, the legal age of consent in Sweden, when the sexual encounters took
2008 Feb 1, Wireless equipment maker LM Ericsson AB reported a sharp drop in fourth-quarter net profits and said it would lay off around 1,000 employees in Sweden because of costs
2008 Feb 28, Swedish and Norwegian authorities cracked down on terror financing, arresting six people in what Swedish investigators said were coordinated raids in Stockholm and
2008 Mar 5, Sweden’s Karolinska Institute said researchers have discovered a protein that stimulates the formation of fat cells, a finding that could potentially be used to treat
2008 Mar 16, Ola Brunkert (62), a former drummer for 1970s Swedish pop group ABBA, was found dead after an apparent accident in his house in Mallorca. He first played with ABBA on
the group's first single, "People Need Love," and toured with the band in 1977, 1979 and 1980.
2008 Mar 30, Pernod Ricard SA, a French spirits company, agreed to pay the Swedish
government 5.28 billion euros for Vin & Sprit, the maker of Absolut, outbidding three competitors.
2008 Apr 17, Umeaa University said the world's oldest living tree on record is a
9,550 year-old spruce discovered in central Sweden. That would mean it had taken root in roughly the year 7,542 BC.
2008 Apr 19, In France the charred body of Sussanna Zetterberg (19), a
Swedish teenager, was discovered in woods outside Paris just hours after she left a nightclub. A postmortem showed she had been stabbed.
2008 May 21, Two Swedish contractors were
arrested suspected of preparing to sabotage The Oskarshamn nuclear power plant in southern Sweden, after traces of explosives were found on one of the men. Police released the 2 men the next day as technical experts continued an investigation.
(AFP, 5/21/08)(Reuters, 5/22/08)
2008 Jun 3, In Sweden world chess star turned political activist Garry Kasparov told world news industry leaders that PM Vladimir Putin had assaulted press freedoms in Russia, and urged them to challenge Kremlin leaders over the issue.
2008 Jun 14, Swedish jazz star Esbjoern Svensson was killed at the weekend in a scuba diving accident off Stockholm.
2008 Jun 18, Sweden's Parliament narrowly approved a contentious law that gives authorities sweeping powers to eavesdrop on all e-mail and telephone traffic that crosses the Nordic nation's borders. Outrage over the statute soon led to 2 million protests, filed by e-mail. In September the government
approved 15 changes following the widespread protests.
(AP, 6/18/08)(AP, 7/2/08)(SFC, 9/26/08, p.A4)
2008 Jun 25, Swedish car maker Volvo, a unit of US auto giant Ford, said it planned to cut 2,000
jobs worldwide, most of them in Sweden.
2008 Aug 20, Swedish wireless equipment maker LM Ericsson AB and Swiss chip-maker STMicroelectronics NV unveiled plans to create a 50-50 joint
venture that will make a key component known as chipsets for mobile phones.
2008 Oct 6, Three European scientists shared the 2008 Nobel Prize in medicine for separate discoveries of
viruses that cause AIDS and cervical cancer, breakthroughs that helped doctors fight the deadly diseases. French researchers Francoise Barre-Sinoussi and Luc Montagnier were cited for their discovery of human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV; while Germany's Harald zur Hausen was honored for finding human papilloma viruses that cause cervical cancer.
2008 Oct 7, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced that two Japanese citizens and a Japanese-born American won the 2008 Nobel Prize in physics for discoveries in the world of subatomic
2008 Oct 8, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said two Americans and a US-based Japanese scientist won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for discovering and developing a glowing
jellyfish protein that revolutionized the ability to study disease and normal development in living organisms. Japan's Osamu Shimomura and Americans Martin Chalfie and Roger Tsien shared the prize for their work on green fluorescent protein, or GFP. Shimomura discovered the jellyfish protein in 1961. In the early 1990s Douglas Prasher conducted research on the jellyfish gene that made Chalfie’s
and Tsien’s work possible.
(AP, 10/8/08)(SFC, 10/21/08, p.A6)
2008 Oct 8, Six central banks jolted markets by cutting interest rates together in an attempt to shore up confidence in the world's crisis-stricken financial system. The US Fed reduced
its key rate from 2% to 1.5%. The Bank of England unexpectedly slashed its key lending rate by a half-point to 4.5%. The Bank of Canada cut its key interest rate by 50 basis points to 2.5%. China also cut its key interest rates for a second time in less than one month to 6.9%. The European Central Bank sliced its rate by half a point to 3.75%. Sweden, and Switzerland also cut rates. Earlier in a
day Japan's Nikkei showed its biggest drop since the October, 1987 stock market crash. The IMF said the world economy is entering a major downturn.
(AP, 10/8/08)(AFP, 10/8/08)(Econ, 10/11/08, p.100)
Oct 9, The Swedish Academy announced French novelist Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio (b.1940) as the 2008 Nobel Prize in literature for his poetic adventure and "sensual ecstasy." Le Clezio made his breakthrough as a novelist with "Desert," in 1980.
2008 Oct 9, In Tobago Anna Sundsval (62) and Oke Olsoon (73) of Sweden were slashed to death at their home in the Bon Accord area. A suspect was arrested the next day.
2008 Oct 10, A Swedish court sentenced Chilean tenor Ernesto "Tito" Beltran (43) to two years and six months in prison for raping an 18-year-old nanny and molesting a 7-year-old girl. The appeals court in Goteborg upheld a previous rape conviction, but overturned an acquittal in the molestation case.
2008 Oct 13, Paul Krugman, the Princeton University scholar and New York Times columnist, won the Nobel prize in economics for his analysis of how economies of scale can affect trade patterns and the location of economic activity.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences praised Krugman for formulating a new theory to answer questions about free trade and said his theory has inspired an enormous field of research.
(AP, 10/13/08)(Econ, 10/18/08, p.90)
2008 Nov 10, Sweden's financial regulator says it has revoked the banking license from troubled investment bank Carnegie and that Sweden's national debt office will take control of the bank.
2008 Nov 11, Swedish truck and bus maker Volvo AB said it will lay off nearly 1,000 staff at its powertrain unit in Sweden and the United States as the global financial crisis continues to weigh on the demand for heavy vehicles.
2008 Dec 4, Sweden’s central bank cuts its benchmark interest rate from 3.75% to 2% saying monetary policy was less effective than usual.
2008 Dec 10, The Nobel Prizes were awarded in twin ceremonies in Stockholm and Oslo.
2008 Dec 16, The central banks of Sweden and Denmark came to the aid of Latvia with currency swap agreements. This enabled the Bank of Latvia, to borrow as much as €500 million.
(WSJ, 12/17/08, p.C2)
2008 Sweden eliminated its taxes on residential property.
(Economist, 10/13/12, SR p.20)
2009 Jan 6, Signs mounted that the conflict in Gaza is starting to spill
over into violence in Europe's towns and cities, with assaults against Jews and arson attacks on Jewish congregations in France, Sweden and Britain.
2009 Jan 13, Swedish truck maker AB
Volvo said it will lay off more than 1,600 employees in Sweden as it slows production amid falling demand for trucks.
2009 Feb 5, The Swedish government agreed to scrap a three-decade ban
on building new nuclear reactors, saying it needs to avoid producing more greenhouse gases.
2009 Feb 20, General Motors Corp.'s Swedish-based subsidiary Saab went into bankruptcy
protection so the unit can be spun off or sold by its struggling US parent.
2009 Feb 23, Swedish power company Vattenfall said it had made a friendly 8.5-billion-euro
(10.9-billion-dollar) offer for Nuon of the Netherlands in a takeover aimed at creating one of Europe's biggest energy groups.
2009 Mar 9, In Sweden researchers reported that a chimpanzee
named Santino had collected a stash of rocks and then hurled them at visitors at the Furuvik Zoo, confirming that apes can plan ahead just like humans.
(SFC, 3/10/09, p.A3)
2009 Mar 17, In Colombia
Erik Roland Larsson (69), a partially paralyzed Swede, was released by leftist rebels after nearly two years of captivity. He was the last known foreign hostage held in Colombia by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
2009 Apr 1, Sweden’s Parliament adopted a new law giving same sex couples the same marriage rights as heterosexuals, becoming the 5th European country to allow gay marriage.
(SFC, 4/2/09, p.A2)
2009 Apr 1, In Sweden a new law cracking down on online copyright violation went into force leading to a sharp drop in internet traffic.
Apr 17, A Swedish court found four men guilty of promoting copyright infringement by running The Pirate Bay, one of the world's top illegal file-sharing websites, sentencing them to a year in prison in a landmark ruling.
2009 May 26, A Swedish Navy ship detained seven suspected pirates after stopping them from capturing a cargo ship in the Gulf of Aden.
2009 May 28, Swedish media reported that a 16-year-old Iraqi immigrant living in Sweden has cracked a maths puzzle that has stumped experts for more than 300 years. Mohamed Altoumaimi has found a formula to explain and simplify the so-called Bernoulli numbers, a sequence of calculations named after the 17th century Swiss mathematician Jacob
2009 Jun 16, GM and Sweden's Koenigsegg said they have struck a deal for Koenigsegg, a niche manufacturer of some of the world's fastest and most expensive sports cars, to buy
loss-making Saab Automobile from General Motors.
2009 Jun 21, In China the Danish-Swedish comedy “Original,” about mental illness, won the best picture at the 12th Shanghai
International Film Festival. It also took the best actor award for lead Sverrir Gudnason.
2009 Jun 23, Swedish retailer IKEA announced that it was suspending its investment in Russia
because of “the “unpredictable character of administrative procedures, a euphemism for graft.
(Econ, 7/4/09, p.63)
2009 Jun 24, Denmark's Post Danmark A/S and Sweden's Posten AB merged to form the new
holding company Posten Norden AB in the industry’s first-ever cross border tie up.
(Econ, 10/31/09, p.74)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post_Danmark)
2009 Jul 1, Sweden took over the rotating presidency
of the EU.
(Econ, 7/4/09, p.51)
2009 Jul 9, The Swedish government said it will expel Sylvere Ahorugeze (53) within three weeks, fulfilling a request from authorities in Rwanda and marking the first
time an EU nation has sent back a suspect to face charges in the 1994 genocide.
2009 Jul 25, Swedish wireless equipment maker LM Ericsson said it had penned a deal to buy a majority of
Nortel Networks' North American wireless business for $1.13 billion.
2009 Jul 25, In Sweden a woman in her 40s and her five daughters were killed when they tried to escape an apartment fire in a Stockholm
2009 Jul 27, Sweden said it was demanding an explanation as to why Swedish-made anti-tank rocket launchers, sold to Venezuela years ago, were obtained by Colombia's main rebel
group. Three launchers were recovered in October in a FARC arms cache belonging to a rebel commander known as "Jhon 40" and Colombia only recently asked Sweden to confirm whether they had been sold to Venezuela.
2009 Jul 30, A Hamburg court ordered a German publisher to pay Sweden's Princess Madeleine euro400,000 ($560,000) in damages for fabricating stories about her. Sonnenverlag GmbH & Co KG magazines had carried false reports about the 27-year-old princess being engaged and pregnant, among other things. Sonnenverlag's parent company, Baden-Baden based KLAMBT
media group, confirmed the ruling.
2009 Aug 17, In Sweden the Aftonbladet tabloid published an incendiary article claiming that Israeli soldiers had harvested the organs of some
Palestinians whom they had shot. Israel quickly denounced the article, while Sweden defended its freedom of expression.
(Econ, 8/29/09, p.44)
2009 Aug 24, The Stockholm District Court threatened to
fine Internet provider Black Internet 500,000 Swedish kronor (about $70,000) unless it stopped serving Pirate Bay. Court documents showed the company has to comply with the order until the ongoing case between Pirate Bay and the entertainment industry is over.
2009 Aug 28, Mehdi-Muhammed Ghezali, a Swedish national and former Guantanamo detainee, was arrested on the outskirts of Dera Ghazi Khan in southern Pakistani town along with a group of foreigners, including 7 Turks and 3 other Swedes, who lacked proper immigration stamps. They were allegedly trying to join
al-Qaida in the lawless tribal areas.
2009 Sep 5, In Sweden Tesfaldet Tesloy (28), an illegal Eritrean immigrant who has lived in Sweden for six years, appeared on TV to collect a
tax-free lottery prize of 1.2 million Swedish crown (101,654 pounds). Sweden's attempts to deport the man have failed due to his country's refusal to take him back, highlighting a common problem for immigration officials.
2009 Sep 19, Sweden's centre-right government announced income tax cuts of 10 billion kronor to stimulate the job market, its primary objective.
2009 Sep 23, Swedish police held one suspect after armed robbers used a helicopter to stage a spectacular raid on the roof of a cash storage facility belonging to Anglo-Danish firm G4S in Vastberga, just south of Stockholm. On August 2, 2010, ten men accused of stealing nearly 40 million kronor ($5 million)
pleaded innocent as prosecutors opened their trial with surveillance video of the brazen helicopter heist.
(Reuters, 9/23/09)(AP, 8/2/10)
2009 Oct 15, Colleen R. LaRose (46), a self-described "Jihad
Jane," was arrested in Philadelphia. LaRose was later accused, in an indictment filed March 9, 2010, of actively recruiting fighters, as well as agreeing to murder Swedish artist Lars Vilks, marry a terrorism suspect so he could move to Europe and martyr herself if necessary.
2009 Oct 22, The Swedish government approved the early release of former Bosnian Serb President Biljana Plavsic (79), who was sentenced to 11 years in prison by a war crimes tribunal. The Justice Ministry says she will be released on Oct 27 after serving
two-thirds of her sentence for persecution.
2009 Nov 4, Morocco ordered the immediate departure of a Swedish diplomat accused of handing official Moroccan documents to Western
2009 Nov 5, Finland and Sweden approved a Baltic Sea pipeline project that would ship Russian natural gas to Germany, clearing two key obstacles for
construction to begin next year.
2009 Nov 14, Sweden held a solemn ceremony at Stockholm's Museum of National Antiquities for the return of 23 skulls taken from the native Hawaiian
community. Five of the skulls will be returned by the museum. They were brought to Sweden by a Swedish scientist in the 1880s after he took part in a trip around the world. The other 17 skulls will be returned by Stockholm's medical university Karolinska Institutet.
2009 Nov 18, Swedish museum officials returned the remains of five indigenous Maori people to New Zealand as part of a broader move in Europe to repatriate remains taken from burial grounds.
2009 Dec 4, North Korea made an unlikely foray into designer denim as the "Noko Jeans" label was launched in Sweden. The brand is Swedish but the black jeans are manufactured in North Korea, an experiment its creators described as a way to open doors to the
reclusive communist country. The next day Stockholm’s PUB department store removed the new line of designer jeans from its shelves, saying it wants to avoid courting controversy through ties with the isolated communist nation. Noko Jeans founders said they will continue to sell the jeans on their Web site and that retailer Aplace will continue to sell them on their Web
(AP, 12/4/09)(AP, 12/5/09)
2009 Dec 8, Swedish telecom giant Ericsson said it would cut 946 jobs in Sweden in an effort to downsize its production staff as it strives to improve
2009 Dec 18, General Motors Co. said it will shut down Saab after talks to sell the brand to a Dutch carmaker collapsed, marking the third time this year that a deal by GM to
sell an unwanted brand has fallen through.
2009 Dec 18, In Poland the Nazis' infamous iron sign declaring "Arbeit Macht Frei," German for "Work Sets You Free," was stolen from the entrance of the former
Auschwitz death camp. On Feb 2, 2010, a Polish court issued a European arrest warrant for former neo-Nazi leader Anders Hogstrom (34) of Sweden, on suspicion of incitement to commit theft of a cultural treasure. Hogstrom was arrested in Stockholm on Feb 11.
(AP, 12/18/09)(SFC, 2/3/10, p.A2)(AP,
2009 Dec 20, Dutch sports carmaker Spyker said it has made a new bid for Sweden's Saab Automobile, two days after General Motors said it would close the loss-making unit.
2009 Dec 23, US auto giant Ford said it had agreed the main terms for selling its Swedish brand Volvo Cars to Chinese carmaker Geely, in a deal set to underline China's growing economic clout.
2009 Swedish doctors created a virtual autopsy system using computed tomography.
(Econ, 12/12/09, p.90)
2009 Germany’s Hamburg theater staged an opera about IKEA, “Wunder von Schweden” (Miracle from Sweden), a biography of IKEA set to Swedish folk tunes.
(Econ, 2/26/11, p.67)
Jan 21, Sweden's Royal Academy of Sciences awarded Austria-born American scientist Walter Munk (92) the 2010 Crafoord Prize in Geosciences for his research on ocean circulation. The Crafoord award has been given annually since 1982 for scientific research in areas not covered by the Nobel Prizes.
2010 Jan 25, Sweden’s Ericsson, the world leader in phone network equipment, announced an extra 1,500 job cuts under restructuring which bit deeply into 4th-quarter net profit.
2010 Jan 26, General Motors agreed to sell Saab, its Swedish subsidiary, to Spyker Cars, a Dutch maker of sports cars, for $74 million in cash and preference shares worth $326 million.
2010 Feb 8, Sweden's unemployment agency was found guilty of discrimination for expelling a Muslim man from a job training program because he refused to shake hands with a woman.
2010 Mar 10, At least three Swedish newspapers published a cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad with the body of a dog after an alleged plot to murder Swedish artist Lars Vilks, who created it, was uncovered in Ireland. Irish police said those arrested were
two Algerians, two Libyans, a Palestinian, a Croatian and an American woman married to one of the Algerian suspects. They were not identified by name. On March 13 Irish police said they had released three of the arrested Muslims and American Jamie Paulin-Ramirez (31) without charges.
2010 Mar 11, Sweden's parliament narrowly approved a resolution recognizing the 1915 mass killing of Armenians in Turkey as genocide, prompting the Turkish government to recall its ambassador in protest.
2010 Mar 22, US scientist Rita Colwell (76) won the $150,000 Stockholm Water Prize for her research on the prevention of cholera and other waterborne diseases.
2010 Mar 28, Zhejiang Geely Holding Group signed a binding deal to buy Ford Motor Co.'s Volvo Cars unit for $1.8 billion, representing a coup for the independent Chinese automaker which is aiming to expand in
2010 May 11, In Sweden a maritime museum said a "giant herring" measuring 3.5 meters (11.4 feet) had been discovered off Sweden's western coast -- the first such fish found in the
Scandinavian country in more than 130 years.
2010 May 14, In Sweden the home of cartoonist Lars Vilks, who once drew a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad as a dog, was hit by a suspected
2010 Jun 2, The Stockholm Int’l. Peace Research Institute said that world military spending grew 5.9% from 2008-2009 and that the US accounted for some 54% of the
(SFC, 6/2/10, p.A2)
2010 Jun 8, A report by the European Coalition on Oil in Sudan (ECOS) charged that a consortium led by Swedish Lundin Petroleum is partly to blame for war crimes
committed in Sudan between 1997 and 2003.
2010 Jun 21, Sweden's public prosecutor opened a criminal investigation into allegations that Swedes working for a consortium of oil companies
during the Sudanese civil war may have been complicit in human rights abuses.
2010 Jun 23, The Swedish Dock Workers Union launched a week-long blockade of cargo to and from Israel to
protest the Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla last month.
2010 Jul 1, Sweden abolished compulsory military service for men during
(WSJ, 7/2/10, p.A1)
2010 Jul 13, Divers found bottles of champagne in a wreck near the Aland Islands between Finland and Sweden. 5 bottles of dark, foamy beer wee later recovered while
salvaging the champagne. The shipwreck was believed to be from the early 19th century. In 2011 Finnish scientists said they hoped to re-brew an old ale after studying the ancient beer found in the shipwreck. On June 8, 2012, 11 bottles of the champagne were auctioned for over $156,000.
2010 Aug 6, In Sweden a gang of thieves staged a remarkable break-in near the Swedish royal family's residence in Stockholm, smashing display cases at a historic 18th-century Chinese-style landmark and getting away with artifacts that police called
2010 Aug 20, In Sweden a prosecutor in Stockholm issued an arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (39) on suspicion of rape. The move means police are
ordered to seek his arrest as part of an investigation but doesn't necessarily mean that criminal charges will be filed. Authorities the next day revoked the arrest warrant saying a rape accusation against him lacked substance.
2010 Aug 22, In Tehran, Iran, the headquarters of Sweden-based Oriflame, a direct-sales cosmetics firm, were "searched and sealed" and "four top managers were arrested on accusations of 250,000 cases of fraud" linked to a 70-million-dollar (55-million-euro) pyramid
2010 Aug 28, Sweden's financial supervisory authority said has revoked the license of investment bank HQ Bank AB, saying it breached Swedish legislation and demonstrated serious
deficiencies in its trading operations.
2010 Sep 1, A senior Swedish prosecutor reopened a rape investigation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the latest twist to a puzzling
case in which prosecutors of different ranks have overruled each other.
2010 Sep 3, Finland and Sweden urged the European Union to create an independent peace institute to broaden the
scope of the bloc's peacekeeping efforts around the world.
2010 Sep 8, Belgian police say 10 people have been arrested in raids across Europe against hackers who put illegal copies of
movies and television series on the Internet. Police said 5 arrests were in Belgium and the other arrests were made in Poland, Norway and Sweden, where the alleged leaders of four computer piracy networks were being held.
2010 Sep 19, Swedes voted for a new parliament. Polls showed the center-right government heading for a historic second term unless an Islam-bashing far-right group spoils its majority. The ruling center-right coalition faced the prospect of forming a minority government after losing its majority in the election because of a surge in support for Sweden
Democrats, an anti-immigrant party. PM Fredrik Reinfeldt was re-elected by moving his Moderate party to the center, vowing to overhaul but not dismantle the state.
(AP, 9/19/10)(Reuters, 9/20/10)(Econ, 1/29/11, p.56)
2010 Sep 30, In Sweden activists from Nepal, Nigeria, Brazil and Israel were named the winners of this year's Right Livelihood Award, also known as the "alternative Nobel," for work that included fighting to save the Amazon rain forest and bringing health care to Palestinians cut off from services. The recipients included Nigeria's Nnimmo Bassey (42), Catholic
Bishop Erwin Kraeutler (71) of Brazil, Shrikrishna Upadhyay (65) of Nepal, and the organization Physicians for Human Rights Israel.
2010 Oct 22, World Wildlife spokeswoman Marie von
Zeipel, speaking at a seminar in Sweden, estimated that only 3,200 tigers remain in the wild and that this population would shrink 97% over the next 100 years.
(SFC, 10/23/10, p.A2)
2010 Oct 30, Police
in Goteborg, Sweden, were on high alert over the weekend after receiving reports about a bomb threat and arrested the two men in early morning raids. Both men were soon released due to lack of evidence.
2010 Nov 6, Swedish police arrested Peter Mangs (38) on suspicion of shooting at people with immigrant backgrounds in a yearlong rampage in Malmo, Sweden's third largest city. The first shooting was Oct. 10, 2009, when a 21-year-old convicted drug smuggler on furlough from prison was shot in the head in a parked car. Swedish media said he was hospitalized for
a month with a bullet in his brain but survived. A 20-year-old woman sitting next to him was also hit in the head and died. On May 7, 2012, Mangs was charged with three counts of murder and 12 counts of attempted murder. On Nov 23, 20112, Mangs was sentenced to life in prison and ordered 40-year-old Peter Mangs to pay 1.2 million kronor ($180,000) in damages to survivors and their
(AP, 11/7/10)(AP, 11/9/10)(AP, 5/7/12)(AP, 11/23/12)
2010 Nov 18, Swedish prosecutors was permission to seek an int’l. arrest warrant for Julian Assange, the founder of the WikiLeaks, on
allegations of rape and other sexual offenses.
(SFC, 11/19/10, p.A4)
2010 Dec 7, WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange was remanded in custody until December 14 by a London court after he said he would
fight extradition to Sweden where he faces rape allegations.
2010 Dec 8, Cyber attacks apparently organized by Internet activists sympathetic to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange shut
down the website of credit card company Mastercard and two Swedish sites. WikiLeaks published a new set of cables, and in a defiant message posted online the secret-spilling website promised that the leaks would keep on flowing despite the arrest and jailing of its founder on sex allegations.
2010 Dec 10, In Sweden a court convicted two men linked to the al Shabaab militant group for conspiracy to commit a terrorist act and sentenced them to four years jail.
2010 Dec 11, In Sweden two blasts rocked central Stockholm, killing the suspected bomber, later identified as Taymour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly (b.1981). Two people were wounded. Police had good leads into what they said were "terror crimes." On March 8, 2011, police in
Scotland arrested Ezedden Khalid Ahmed Al Khaledi (30) on suspicion of aiding the suicide bomber who had targeted the Stockholm Christmas shoppers.
(Reuters, 12/12/10)(Reuters, 12/13/10)(SFC, 12/14/10, p.A3)(AP, 3/8/11)(AP, 3/14/11)
2010 Dec 15, Sweden deported 5 Iraqi Christians, part of a group of at least 20 Iraqis, who failed to gain asylum and were flown out of the country. On Dec 17 the UN refugee agency called itself "dismayed" over the deportation and called on countries to take in Iraqis from Baghdad, Kirkuk and three northern provinces that the UN considers unsafe because of
repeated attacks, sectarian tensions and human rights violations.
2010 Dec 29, In Denmark 4 men planning to shoot as many people as possible in a building housing the newsroom of a paper
that published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad were arrested in an operation that halted an imminent attack. The 4 were Swedish residents, a Tunisian (44), a Lebanese-born man (29), an Iraqi asylum seeker, and a 30-year-old whose national origin was not released. Police in Stockholm arrested a Swedish citizen of Tunisian origin, suspected of being linked to the plot. Denmark freed the Iraqi
suspect the next day due to an apparent lack of evidence.
(AP, 12/29/10)(AP, 12/30/10)
2010 Gunnar Wetterberg, Swedish historian, authored “The Nordic Federal State,” which proposed a pan-Nordic
federation to unite Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden under a single monarch: Denmark’s Queen Margrethe.
(Econ, 11/6/10, p.66)
2010 Sweden’s population stood at about 9.4 million, of whom 14 percent was foreign-born. Some 71 percent of
Swedes nominally are members of the Lutheran Church of Sweden, although few attend church regularly. Literacy is virtually 100 percent. Life expectancy is among the world's highest, 79 years for men, 83 for women.
2011 Jan 5, Swedish officials said 50 to 100 jackdaw birds, a type of crow. were found lying in a snow-covered street in the southwestern town of Falkoeping.
Jan 27, The European Commission launched legal action against Sweden for allowing hunters to shoot 20 wolves this year even though the species is threatened with extinction.
Mar 1, Swedish carmaker SAAB, now owned by Spyker Cars, showed off its new PhoeniX prototype at the Geneva motor show.
(Econ, 4/9/11, p.72)(http://tinyurl.com/3bmnxnx)
2011 Apr 2,
Swedish wireless equipment maker LM Ericsson said it is suing Chinese rival ZTE Corp. for alleged infringement of several of its patents in handset and network technology.
2011 Apr 26,
Congolese children's rights activist Murhabazi Namegabe was named winner of the $100,000 World Children's Prize for his efforts to protect children exploited by armed groups in the African country. The award foundation based in Mariefred, Sweden, cited Murhabazi's "dangerous struggle to free children forced to be child soldiers or sex slaves" in
2011 May 12, Sweden’s struggling car maker Saab Automobile faced renewed uncertainty Thursday as the financing deal with China's Hawtai Motor Group fell apart, raising fresh
concerns about the company's future. Spyker Cars NV, which bought Saab from General Motors Corp. in 2010, said it was "forced to terminate" the $223 million (euro150 million) agreement with Hawtai since the Chinese company was not able to obtain all the necessary consents, including approvals from different shareholders.
2011 May 20, In Sweden a 43-year old man was charged with having provided 23 women with 510 films and photos of children being exploited in "especially ruthless" manner. The 23 women from across Sweden were charged with involvement in what investigators call
a unique child pornography case.
2011 May 20, Swedish defense group Saab said an ongoing probe into reports it had secretly paid millions of euros to ensure South Africa did not back out of a deal to buy 26 fighter jets had turned up
no evidence of wrongdoing.
2011 Jun 27, Two Swedish freelancer journalists, Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye, entered Ethiopia from Somalia to report about allegations of human rights
violations in the region including torture and rape.
2011 Jul 7, Swedish officials said a man (36) with tracheal cancer has received a new lab-made wind pipe seeded with his own stem cells
in the first successful attempt of its kind.
(SFC, 7/8/11, p.A2)
2011 Jun 16, Swedish arms-maker Saab said that it had unwittingly paid over $3 million to a South African ANC defense consultant.
Saab said payments had been made in 2003 through the British arms producer, BAE Systems.
(Econ, 7/23/11, p.43)(www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13813281)
2011 Aug 3, Thai police arrested a Swedish man
wanted in Scandinavia for a $3 million banking scam committed 1998-2001. Carl-Gustav Alexander Tartagni (52) was detained in the seaside town of Hua Hin, where he had been living for a year.
Aug 12, Stockholm Film Festival organizers say French actress Isabelle Huppert (53) will be honored with its 2011 lifetime achievement award for a career in movie and television spanning almost four decades.
2011 Sep 3, Around 50 expatriated Syrian Kurds gathered in Sweden for a two-day conference on how to strengthen Kurds inside Syria and get them more involved in efforts to overthrow Bashar al-Assad's regime.
2011 Sep 10, Swedish police arrested four people on suspicion of preparing a terror attack and evacuated an arts center in Goteborg, Sweden's second largest city on the eve of the 9/11 anniversary. In December three of the suspects, of Somali and Iraqi
origin, were charged with plotting to stab to death artist Lars Vilks for depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a dog in 2007. On Jan 20, 2012, a Swedish court acquitted three men accused of plotting to murder Vilks.
(AP, 9/11/11)(AP, 12/6/11)(AP, 1/20/12)
2011 Sep 29, In Sweden the winners of Right Livelihood Awards, sometimes referred to as the alternative Nobel prizes, were announced. Human rights activist Jacqueline Moudeina of Chad; Spanish-based nonprofit GRAIN; and American midwifery educator Ina May Gaskin will share the euro150,000 ($205,000) cash award.
Chinese solar power pioneer Huang Ming received an honorary award for developing "cutting-edge technologies."
2011 Oct 3, Sweden’s Nobel committee at Stockholm's Karolinska institute said
three scientists won the Nobel Prize in medicine for discoveries about the immune system that opened new avenues for the treatment and prevention of infectious illnesses and cancer. American Bruce Beutler and French scientist Jules Hoffmann shared the 10 million-kronor ($1.5 million) award with Canadian-born Ralph Steinman.
2011 Oct 4, Three US-born scientists won the Nobel Prize in physics for overturning a fundamental assumption in their field by showing that the expansion of the universe is constantly accelerating. During the 1990s, Saul Perlmutter, Brian Schmidt and Adam
Riess found that the light from more than 50 distant exploding stars was far weaker than they expected, meaning that galaxies had to be racing away from each other at increasing speed.
Oct 5, Israeli scientist Dan Shechtman was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry for a discovery that faced skepticism and mockery. While doing research in the US in 1982, Shechtman discovered a new chemical structure, quasicrystals, that researchers previously thought was impossible.
2011 Oct 10, The Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences was awarded Americans Thomas Sargent and Christopher Sims won for their research on cause and effect in the macroeconomy.
2011 Nov, The Swiss Cabinet decided to order 22 Gripen fighters from Sweden's Saab AB to replace the air force's aging Northrop F-5 Tigers.
2011 Dec 19, Sweden’s Saab Automobile filed for bankruptcy, giving up a desperate struggle to stay in business after previous owner General Motors Co. blocked takeover attempts by Chinese investors.
2011 Dec 21, An Ethiopian court convicted Swedish journalists Martin Schibbye and Johan Persson of supporting a terrorist group and entering the country illegally, with the prosecution calling for a maximum sentence of 18 years and
six months. On Dec 27 a court sentenced the two journalists to 11 years in prison on charges of supporting terrorism.
(AFP, 12/22/11)(AP, 12/27/11)
2012 Jan 5, In southern Sweden dozens of police
took to the streets of Malmo to try calm the public and to collect tips about the attacks, which come only a year after a suspected serial shooter was arrested in the city. In less than six weeks, five people have been shot dead in this city of 250,000, including a 15-year-old boy.
2012 Feb 2, The Anglo-Swedish drugs giant AstraZeneca said that it would axe 7,300 jobs by the end of 2014 in a new cost-cutting drive, despite delivering bumper annual profits.
2012 Mar 6, Swedish Public Radio said the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) had secret plans since 2007 to help Saudi Arabia build a plant for the production of anti-tank weapons. Construction on "Project Simoom" was yet to begin. It involved the creation
of a shell company called SSTI to handle dealings with Saudi Arabia, in order to avoid any direct links to FOI and the government.
(AFP, 3/6/12)(AFP, 3/29/12)
2012 Mar 15, A Norwegian military plane
crashed killing all five people on board during an exercise in northern Sweden. Four men and one woman, all Norwegians, were on board the C-130 heading from Evenes, on Norway's Arctic coast, to the Swedish city of Kiruna.
2012 Mar 29, Swedish Defense Minister Sten Tolgfors resigned after weeks of controversy over revelations Sweden planned to help Saudi Arabia build an arms factory.
Apr 9, In Peru suspected Shining Path gunmen seized 30 Skanska workers overnight but soon freed 23 at the Kepashiato in the Camisea gas fields. The Swedish construction company was building a natural gas plant in the Amazon jungle.
2012 Apr 25, European ministers began returning to Belarus. Poland, Lithuania and Sweden sent their representatives back to Minsk today. Other ambassadors will return over the next hours and days.
2012 May 26, In Azerbaijan Loreen of Sweden piled up 372 points with her uplifting dance track "Euphoria" at the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku.
2012 Jun 20, In Sweden explosives were found on a truck at the southwestern Ringhals atomic power station. Bomb technicians said the material lacked a detonating device, meaning there was no danger of an imminent
2012 Jul 4, Sweden granted permanent residency to Ahmed Agiza (49), a former Egyptian terror suspect. The Swedish government has acknowledged blame for the circumstances of the
2001 deportation and that Agiza and fellow Egyptian Muhammed Alzery were tortured in Egypt. It has awarded them 3 million kronor ($433,000) each in compensation for circumstances related to their deportations.
2012 Jul 4, A Swedish ad
team from Studio Total dropped hundreds of teddy bears carrying messages promoting human rights onto Belarus. On Aug 11 the ad team was summoned by Belarus' top security agency — the KGB — for violating the country's air space. On Aug 14 Studio Total instead offered to discuss the stunt directly with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko and invited him to
(AP, 8/11/12)(AP, 8/14/12)
2012 Jul 9, British police found Eva Rausing (48) dead at her multimillion-pound (dollar) London home. Initial post-mortem examinations failed to establish a formal
cause of her death. Her husband Hans Kristian Rausing (49) is an heir to the Tetra Pak fortune his father built in Sweden as a globally successful manufacturer of laminated cardboard drink containers. British media later reported that she had been dead for several days. On August 1 Rausing pleaded guilty to preventing her proper burial and was given a 10-month suspended jail sentence. On Dec 14 a
coroner said she died from cocaine abuse.
(AFP, 7/11/12)(SFC, 7/18/12, p.A2)(AP, 8/1/12)(AP, 12/14/12)
2012 Aug 8, Belarus ordered Sweden to close its embassy in Minsk by the end of the month, a move
that comes only days after Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko's regime forced the Swedish ambassador out of the country.
2012 Aug 30, Cambodia police arrested Gottfrid Svartholm
Warg, a co-founder of The Pirate Bay file-sharing website following a request by Sweden. He faced a one-year prison term in Sweden for violating copyright laws.
(SFC, 9/4/12, p.A2)
2012 Sep 3, A Hong
Kong-owned company, National Electric Vehicle Sweden (NEVS), said it has completed the acquisition of bankrupt car maker Saab and will move ahead with its business plan to make electric cars under the Swedish brand.
2012 Sep 6, Sweden's central bank cut its key interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 1.25 percent, saying economic growth will slow due to the downturn in the eurozone.
2012 Sep 10, Ethiopia said Swedish journalists Johan Persson and Martin Schibbye are to be pardoned and released. They have been in jail since July 2011 for abetting terrorism and entering the country illegally.
2012 Nov 20, A woman (37) in Sweden was charged "with violating the peace of the deceased" after investigators found some 100 skeleton parts in her apartment. Police also found a CD titled "My Necrophilia" as well as photographs in which a woman is seen kissing and hugging the
2012 Memoto, a Swedish startup, raised over $500,000 on Kickstarter, a crowdfunding platform. The company also raised €500,000 in seed funding enabling it to build a stamp-sized
wearable camera that takes pictures every 30 seconds.
(Econ, 5/11/13, p.69)
2013 Jan, Nordea Bank AB, the largest bank in Sweden, said its 250 customers were robbed of eight million Swedish krona
(about 1.66 billion won). It was online theft; they stole and withdrew money from the victims’ accounts. The Swedish police only found out what had been happening 15 months after the scheme was started, and the theft was still at large. The theft traced to a Russian hacker who goes by the sobriquet “the Corpse.”
2013 Feb 1, A court in northern Sweden ordered retrials in 2 remaining two cases against Sture Bergwall (62), an alleged serial killer who had confessed to more than 30 murders over three decades, and was
convicted of eight of them. Bergwall later said his ghastly tales of slaughter, rape and even cannibalism were all lies, spawned by loneliness, a desire for attention and heavy medication. On July 31, 2013, prosecutors dropped the last remaining charges against Bergwall.
2013 Feb 15, Swedish photographer Paul Hansen won the 2012 World Press Photo award for newspaper Dagens Nyheter with a Nov 20 picture of two Palestinian children killed in an Israeli missile strike being carried to their
2013 Feb 25, Swedish furniture giant Ikea was drawn into Europe's widening food labeling scandal as authorities said they had detected horse meat in frozen meatballs labeled as
beef and pork and sold in 13 countries across the continent.
2013 Mar 10, Welsh-born Princess Lilian (b.1915) died in her Stockholm home. Lilian Davies met Sweden's Prince Bertil (d.1997)
in 1943, but his obligations to the throne and her status as a divorced commoner prevented them from making their love public. In 1976 the new king finally gave them approval to marry.
Mar 18, The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, a Swedish think tank, said China has bypassed Britain as the world's fifth largest arms exporter.
6, Sweden-based Ikea said it has withdrawn 17,000 portions of moose lasagna from its home furnishings stores in Europe after traces of pork were found in a batch tested in Belgium. The product had only been on sale for a month when it was pulled off the shelves on March 22.
2013 May 7, In Sweden a new museum opened in Stockholm dedicated to ABBA, the 1970s superstar pop group that sold over 400 million records.
2013 May 15, The Arctic Council, meeting in Sweden, agreed to expand membership to include 6 new nations including China, India, Italy, Japan, Singapore and South Korea.
2013 May 20, In Sweden gangs of youth angered by the police shooting death of an elderly man in a mainly immigrant neighborhood hurled rocks at police and set cars and buildings on fire in a Stockholm suburb early today, forcing the evacuation of an apartment
2013 May 23, In Sweden groups of youths early today burned down a restaurant, torched more than 30 cars and injured 3 police in a fourth night of riots in suburbs Stockholm that
started following a fatal police shooting.
2013 Aug 1, In Sweden two topless activists climbed over a fence into the Russian embassy in Stockholm to protest against the country's anti-gay
bill and stigmatization of homosexuals.
2013 Sep 4, President Barack Obama opened a three-day overseas trip with a stop in the Swedish capital of
2013 Sep 27, In Sweden top climate scientists of a UN-backed climate change panel formally endorsed an upper limit on greenhouse gases for the first
(SFC, 9/28/13, p.A3)
2013 Sep 29, In Sweden a wave of jellyfish forced the shut down of Oskarshamn nuclear reactor number 3. By Oct 1 the pipes were cleaned of the jellyfish and engineers
prepared to restart the reactor.
2013 Sep 30, Swedish flat-pack furniture giant IKEA started selling residential solar panels at its store in Southamptom, Britain, the first step in its
plan to bring renewable energy to the mainstream market worldwide.
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