History of Sweden: From 20th Century to the Present Day

The home of Abba, Ikea and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Sweden is one of the most peaceful countries in the world and known worldwide for its successful social welfare system. Take a closer look at Sweden’s rich cultural life and recent political history.


  • Introduction: Sweden in the 20th Century;
  • Sweden in World War I & II as a neutral country;
  • Sweden’s democracy, welfare system and the role of its Royal family;
  • The assassination of Prime Minister Olof Palme in 1986;
  • Sweden’s rich cultural life: From Ingmar Bergman to ‘Scandi Noir’ films;
  • From ‘ABBA’ to Henning Mankell: Swedish music & literature
  • Review & Outlook

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Develop a better understanding of Sweden’s history in the Twentieth Century;
  2. Gain an awareness of the variety of ways historians approach the past.