28 June 2010

Sveavägen and Adolf Fredrik's Cemetery, Stockholm, Sweden

Sweden's Prime Minister, Olof Palme, b. 30 january 1927, was shot down and killed at the crossroad Sveavägen-Tunnelgatan in central Stockholm on 28 February 1986. The murderer escaped into Tunnelgatan (next photo), up the stairs to Malmskillnadsgatan, which he crossed and continued into David Bagares gate. Thereafter the tracks disappeared. The murder remains unsolved.

The memorial service took place in Stockholms stadshus (Stockholm City Hall) on 15 March 1986, followed by a private interment ceremony at Adolf Fredriks kyrkogård (cemetery).

Hjalmar Branting (1860-1925), who was prime minister of Sweden during three different periods (1920, 1921-1923 and 1924-1925), is also buried at the cemetery together with his wife Anna Jäderin (1855-1950).

The quality of the last photo was not the best, I admit. Unfortunately I had not planned the visit to the cemetery too well, as the graves of the explorer and author Sven Hedin (1865-1952) and the artist Johan Tobias Sergel (1740-1814), among others, were ignored. Hedin was the last person to be ennobled by a Swedish king.

I also failed to take a photo of the Church of Adolf Fredrik. The church is situated in central Stockholm not too far from Sveavägen where Olof Palme was murdered. (Map.) The church was named after King Adolf Fredrik (1710-1751-1771), who laid down the foundation stone in 1768. The church was consecrated in 1774.

The cemetery was visited in early April 2006.

Sources and references
Map link corrected Tuesday 29 June 2010 at 00.20.


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