Dag Hammarskjöld was a Swedish diplomat and economist. In 1953, Hammarskjöld became the youngest person to be appointed as the Secretary-General of the United Nations. He died in airplane crash in 1961. Dag Hammarskjöld became the first person to be honored with a Nobel Peace Prize posthumously.
Swedish architect Raoul Wallenberg went down in history as a savior for Jews during the Nazi regime. He not only issued provisional Swedish passports, or Schutzpass, to protect Jews, but also set up safe houses for them. He disappeared amid mysterious circumstances. Many believe he died in a Soviet prison.
Folke Bernadotte was a Swedish diplomat and nobleman. He is best remembered for negotiating the release of over 30,000 prisoners from German concentration camps during World War II. Folke Bernadotte was assassinated at the age of 53 by a Zionist paramilitary organization called Lehi.
Former prime minister of Sweden, Carl Bildt has been heading WHO’s ACT-accelerator as its special envoy, in the wake of COVID-19. He has also been the foreign minister of Sweden and has served as the EU's special envoy to Yugoslavia. He has also co-chaired the Dayton Peace Conference.
Hans Blix is a Swedish politician and diplomat who served as the Minister for Foreign Affairs from 1978 to 1979. An advocate of world peace, Blix served as the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from 1981 to 1997. In 2007, Hans Blix was honored with the Sydney Peace Prize. In 2014, he received the Fulbright Prize.
Toomas Hendrik Ilves is an Estonian politician who served as the President of Estonia from 9 October 2006 to 10 October 2016. He also served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs on two occasions; from 1996 to 1998 and again from 1999 to 2002. Toomas Hendrik Ilves also led the Social Democratic Party during the 1990s.
Staffan de Mistura is an Italian-Swedish diplomat and former politician. He is best known for his association with the United Nations (UN) where he served in various agencies for four decades. From 2014 to 2019, Staffan de Mistura served as the UN Special Envoy for Syria. He is the current UN Personal Envoy for Western Sahara.
Jan Eliasson is a Swedish diplomat and politician. He is best known for his service as the Minister for Foreign Affairs in Sweden in 2006. Jan Eliasson also served as Swedish Ambassador to the United States from 2000 to 2005.
Alva Myrdal was a Swedish politician, diplomat, and sociologist. She played a major role during the disarmament movement in Sweden, for which she was honored with the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize in 1982. She also chaired the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute after playing a key role in its creation. Throughout her career, Myrdal was honored with many prestigious awards.
Officially the Archbishop of Uppsala, Olaus Magnus is remembered more as an established author and cartographer. Born Olof Månsson in southern Sweden, he spent the greater part of his life in exile, leaving behind several monumental works on Nordic countries including the History of the Northern People and Carta Marina, a map that is treasured even by modern oceanographers
Marika Lagercrantz is a Swedish actress. She is best known for her performances in the 1993 films, Grandpa's Journey and Dreaming of Rita. She received nomination for Best Actress at the Guldbagge Awards for both the films. Marika Lagercrantz is also known for her performances in films like Gossip and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Gustaf Mauritz Armfelt was a Finnish-Swedish-Russian diplomat and courtier. In Finland, he is counted among the greatest statesmen of all time. He is also counted among the fathers of Finnish independence alongside Göran Magnus Sprengtporten; Gustaf Mauritz Armfelt's advice to Russia's Alexander I played an important role in acquiring the Grand Duchy of Finland's autonomy.
Per Anger was a Swedish diplomat whose actions during World War II saved many Hungarian Jews from Nazis. Not surprisingly, Per Anger received many prestigious awards after the war, including the Righteous Among the Nations award in 1982.
Arvid Horn was a Swedish general, politician, and diplomat. One of the most important figures of the Age of Liberty, Horn served as the President of Privy Council Chancellery of Sweden on two ocassions from 1710 to 1719 and again from 1720 to 1738.
Carl Gustaf Tessin was a Swedish politician, orator, and art collector. His art collection formed the basis of Sweden's Nationalmuseum. Carl Gustaf Tessin is best remembered for his service as the president of the chancellery from 1746 to 1752.
Gustaf Philip Creutz was a Swedish diplomat, statesman, and poet. He is credited with drafting the first Treaty of Amity and Commerce Between the United States and Sweden along with Benjamin Franklin whom he had met in Paris where he was serving as an ambassador.