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List of firsts in Sweden

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Betty Pettersson, the first woman to study in a Swedish university.
Betty Pettersson, the first woman to study in a Swedish university.

This is a list of firsts in Sweden.

Politics and government

  • First Prime Minister: Louis De Geer: March 20, 1876 – April 19, 1880.
  • First female minister of cabinet: Karin Kock (s), 1947
  • First female leader of a Riksdag party: Karin Söder (c), 1985
  • First openly homosexual minister of cabinet: Andreas Carlgren (c), 2006.
  • First minister of cabinet of African origin: Nyamko Sabuni (fp), 2006.
  • First speaker of the unicameral Riksdag: Henry Allard (s), 1971.


  • First planned settlement: Birka

Education and academia

Science and technology

Volvo's first automobile, the ÖV4.
Volvo's first automobile, the ÖV4.
  • First scientific discovery: Lymphatic system by Olaus Rudbeck.
  • First elephant: Imported from Ceylon in 1804.
  • First railway: Frykstadbanan, between Frykstad and Klara Älvs, in the province of Värmland, converted to steam operation in 1855.
  • First home-built automobile: a steam car built in 1891-92 by brothers Jöns and Anders Cederholm.
  • First aeroplane flight: Frenchman George Legagneux flew his aircraft in Stockholm, 1909.[1]
  • First Volvo automobile: Volvo ÖV4, left production line on 14 April, 1927.
  • First line of the Stockholm metro: Slussen to Hökarängen, opened October 1, 1950.[2]
  • First nuclear reactor: R1 at Royal Institute of Technology, started on July 13, 1954.
  • First motorway: Malmö-Lund, 1950s.



Titles and awards


See also


  1. ^ "Svenska Flygplatser - Historik" (in Swedish). Official website. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  2. ^ "Tunnelbanans historia i Stockholm" (in Swedish). Citybanan-Konst. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
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