Hammarskjöld, Dag (Sweden)

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Dag Hammarskjöld served as Secretary-General of the United Nations from 1953–61. He worked 31 years in finance, foreign relations, and global international affairs. He raised Sweden’s profile within the international community and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1961.

Early Life

Dag Hammarskjöld was born on 29 July 1905. His father, Hjalmar Hammarskjöld was Sweden’s prime minister during World War I, and also governor of the county of Uppland, member of the Hague Tribunal, and chairman of the Board of the Nobel Foundation. Dag Hammarskjöld studied linguistics, literature, and history at Uppsala University, graduating in 1925. He became a Bachelor of Laws in 1930. His doctoral thesis on ‘Konjunkturspridningen’ (The Spread of the Business Cycle) was followed by his appointment as assistant professor in political economy at the University of Stockholm. Though not a member of a political party, Hammarskjöld served in several Government posts. From 1936–45 he was...

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