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Vintage Photos of Sweden From The First Half Of The 20th Century

Norrbotten, Kiruna, Jukkasjärvi, Lappland, Byggnadsverk-Utbildning och vetenskap-Skola, Byggnadsverk-Nomadnäring-Sameviste

Today, Sweden is one of the richest countries in the world. But 80 years ago life of an average Swede looked completely different. The Swedes were very religious and inextricably linked with beautiful nature. Swedish National Heritage Board has shared their collection of historical and vintage photos of Sweden. Check out how Sweden looked like in the first half of the 20th century below.

1. Eskilstuna, Södermanland, 1943

Kloster church and Nybron (the New Bridge). The bridge is today gone and replaced by a new one (also called Nybron) at the side of this one.

Eskilstuna, Sodermanland, 1943

2. Göteborg (Gothenburg), Västergötland, 1948

Ship M/S Stockholm of the Swedish American Line, moored at Stigbergskajen quay. The man to the left is Thore Bruno, related to the photographer Fredrik Bruno.

Goteborg (Gothenburg), Västergotland, 1948

3. Slussen area in Stockholm, Södermanland, 1945

Södermalmstorg square at Slussen in the southern part of Stockholm city. The cloverleaf roundabout, designed by the architect Tage William-Olsson, was inaugurated in 1935. View towards Kungsholmen, Riddarholmen and the Old Town.

Slussen area in Stockholm, Sodermanland

4. Örebro, Närke, 1948

People, bikes and a car at Drottninggatan (Queen Street) in Örebro.

Örebro, Örebro, Örebro, Närke, Miljöer-Stadsmiljö

5. Eriksöre, Öland, 1929

Cows in a farmyard. In the background is the dwelling house of the farm in Eriksöre village on the island of Öland.

Kalmar, Mörbylånga, Torslunda, Öland, Byggnader-Jordbruk-Bondgård, Övrigt-Djur

6. Seaplane on lake Satisjaure (Satihaure), Gällivare, Lappland, 1958

“Lapland Air”. A Noorduyn Norseman aircraft on lake Satisjaure (Satihaure) in Lapland. Today is the area part of Sjaunja (Sjávnja) nature reserve and Laponia, a UNESCO World Heritage.

Seaplane on lake Satisjaure (Satihaure), Gallivare, Lappland, 1958

7. Fishing-nets, lake Satisjaure (Satihaure), Gällivare, Lappland, 1958

Sami camp by lake Satisjaure (Satihaure) in Lapland. An old woman and two girls at fishing-nets hung on poles. Today is the area part of Sjaunja (Sjávnja) nature reserve and Laponia, a UNESCO World Heritage.

Fishing-nets, lake Satisjaure (Satihaure), Gallivare, Lappland, 1958

8. Girl and goat at Sami camp, Satisjaure (Satihaure), Gällivare, Lappland, 1958

Girl and goat at a Sami camp by lake Satisjaure (Satihaure) in Lapland. In the background a Sami hut (a goahti). Today is the area part of Sjaunja (Sjávnja) nature reserve and Laponia, a UNESCO World Heritage.

Girl and goat at Sami camp, Satisjaure (Satihaure), Gallivare, Lappland, 1958

9. Rowboat, lake Satisjaure (Satihaure), Gällivare, Lappland, 1958

Fishing with nets from a rowboat on lake Satisjaure (Satihaure) in Lapland. Today is the area part of Sjaunja (Sjávnja) nature reserve and Laponia, a UNESCO World Heritage.

Rowboat, lake Satisjaure (Satihaure), Gallivare, Lappland, 1958

10. Tylösand, Halland, 1930

Boat wreckage on the beach in Tylösand.

Tylosand, Halland, 1930

11. Sorsele church village, Lappland, 1937

Women washing at timber jetty in Vindelälven river in Lapland.

Västerbotten, Sorsele, Sorsele, Lappland, Övrigt-Arbetsliv

12. Dingle, Bohuslän, 1931

Buses of the Swedish State Railways waiting for the train at Dingle railway station. The bus in front to the right is an American Garford from 1923.

Västra Götaland, Munkedal, Svarteborg, Bohuslän, Miljöer-Bymiljö-Jordbruksby

13. Lerkaka, Öland, 1929

A row of windmills in Lerkaka on the east coast of the island of Öland in the Baltic Sea.

Kalmar, Borgholm, Runsten, Öland, Byggnader-Jordbruk-Kvarn

14. Reindeer, Jukkasjärvi, Lappland, circa 1939

A herd of reindeer at Jukkasjärvi in Lapland.

Reindeer, Jukkasjarvi, Lappland, circa 1939

15. School huts for Sami children, Jukkasjärvi, Lappland, circa 1955

Norrbotten, Kiruna, Jukkasjärvi, Lappland, Byggnadsverk-Utbildning och vetenskap-Skola, Byggnadsverk-Nomadnäring-Sameviste

16. Boys fishing, circa 1915

Two boys fishing, somewhere in Sweden. In the background a sailing boat.

Boys fishing, circa 1915

17. The tennis stadium in Falkenberg, Halland, circa 1950

Players at the tennis stadium in Falkenberg.

Halland, Falkenberg, Falkenberg, Halland, Byggnadsverk-Kultur och nöjesliv-Tennishall

18. Children with kick-sleds, Stockholm, Uppland, 1922

Winter in the surroundings of Stockholm. “Kick-sleds, from the crossroads down the Margaretavägen road.” (There are several Margaretavägen roads in the Stockholm region.)

Stockholm, Stockholm, Stockholm, Uppland, Övrigt-Sällskapsliv-Sällskapsliv, Miljöer-Fritid

19. Raising the Midsummer pole, Rättvik, Dalarna, 1931

People raising the maypole at Midsummer celebrations in Siljansborg in Rättvik, Dalecarlia.

Dalarna, Rättvik, Rättvik, Dalarna, Miljöer-Skogslandskap, Övrigt-Sällskapsliv-Midsommarstång

20. Coffe table at Tyresö, Södermanland, 1930

“Coffee party at the old people’s home.”

Stockholm, Tyresö, Tyresö, Södermanland, Övrigt-Sällskapsliv-Sällskapsliv

Source: Swedish National Heritage Board

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Jorge Manuel
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Those school huts look funny. Is there a reason why it were built in that shape?

Erik
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It’s so that the snow wouldn’t make the roof collapse in on itself. Instead it would just glide off when it gets to heavy.

Jorge Manuel
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Wow, thanks for the info. It’s so obvious 🙂

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