1862 in Sweden

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Events from the year 1862 in Sweden



  • 18 June - The liberalization of the Swedish economy is completed by the law of free commerce of 1864; all privileges and monopolies of the guilds are abolished, all manners of trade, craftsmanship, industries and other businesses are liberalized and allowed to be practiced freely in both the cities and the countryside by all citizens, regardless of gender, who are either of legal majority or of legal minors who have been given permits of their legal guardians.[1]
  • Rudberg publishes a minor revision of his proposal of the Stockholm city plan. A new administrative reform comes into effect.[2]
  • Tax-paying women of legal majority (unmarried women, divorced women and widows) are granted the right to vote in municipal elections, making Sweden the first country in the world to grant women the right to vote.[3]
  • Queen Louise and Princess Louise takes swimming lessons for the pioneer Nancy Edberg, making swimming socially acceptable for females.[4]
  • The theological seminary Johannelunds Teologiska Högskola is founded in Uppsala.
  • Peggy Hård is employed as a clerk at a bank office in Stockholm, regarded as a pioneer within the profession of women clerks.



Self-portrait, Sofia Adlersparre.


  1. ^ Du Rietz, Anita, Kvinnors entreprenörskap: under 400 år, 1. uppl., Dialogos, Stockholm, 2013 p. 270
  2. ^ Hall, Thomas (1999). Huvudstad i omvandling – Stockholms planering och utbyggnad under 700 år (in Swedish). Stockholm: Sveriges Radios förlag. ISBN 91-522-1810-4.
  3. ^ P. Orman Ray: Woman Suffrage in Foreign Countries. The American Political Science Review. Vol. 12, No. 3 (Aug., 1918), pp. 469–474
  4. ^ Idun (1890): Nr 15 (121)
  5. ^ "Carl-Emil Johansson". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 16 November 2014.