1723 in Sweden

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Katarinabranden 1723

Events from the year 1723 in Sweden



  • January – The Estates of the Realm is assembled. The party in favor of naming Charles Frederick, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp as heir to the throne is strengthened, supported by the Empire of Russia.
  • The Estates of the Realm passes a new Order on Parliamentary Proceedings, which will be a cornerstone of the Age of Liberty in Sweden. It is one of the fundamental laws of Sweden together with the Instrument of Government of 1719/1720.
  • January – Frederick I tries, but fail, to strengthen the royal power against the parliament with the support of Hovpartiet, the Holstein Party fills the royal council with its followers, and Arvid Horn become a leading force within Swedish politics.
  • 1 May - A great fire in Stockholm destroys the Katarina Church and a large part of the city around it.
  • 17 October - A law is passed, in which the Riksdag of the Estates is granted power over the monarch and the royal council.
  • - The farmers of the state are allowed to buy the land they use.
  • - The Lutheran church begin to persecute Pietism, which is becoming popular in Sweden and spreading by the home coming Carolean soldiers from the Great Northern War.
  • - A new educational law is passed were all parents are obliged ensure that their children knows how to read and write.
  • - A French opera company, the Académie royale de musique (Stockholm), are employed to perform at Bollhuset.[1]




  1. ^ Tryggve Byström: Svenska Komedien 1737-1754 (The Swedish comedy 1737-1754) (Swedish)