The king finally restored the privileges of the city in 1529. They were mostly identical to the privileges the city had in 1436 and proved beneficiary to the burghers of the city, giving them monopoly to several important trades. To maintain his control over the city, the king, just like King Christian before him, acted by means of controlling the elections of aldermen. The city thus lost much of the independence it had during the Middle Ages, the death of Gustav Vasa hardly caused any changes in local government. During the reign of his sons the city council remained escorted by a royal representative and he could use the Storkyrkan church as a bastion and force churches and other religious institutions to hand over countless gold and silver objects, an income used to pay his war debt to Lübeck. Additionally, he invited the clergyman Olaus Petri to become the city secretary of Stockholm, with the two side-by-side, the new ideas of the Protestant Reformation could be quickly implemented, and sermons in the church where held in Swedish starting in 1525 and Latin abolished in 1530. The many charitable institutions run by religious institutions were converged into a single one, Danviken Hospital. A disaster for the disabled in the city, further deepened twenty five years later when the hospital was relocated out of sight from the city. In medieval times, the city walls were the responsibility of the city council, the city was, together with Kalmar which also had a city wall, in reward exempt from the tax paid by other Swedish cities. Gustav Vasa installing himself on the throne didnt affect these responsibilities, export from the city by the end of the 1550s has been estimated to 600.000 marks, four to five times the export from any other Swedish city. So, by controlling trade to and from Stockholm, the king effectively controlled national trade, the most important export items at this time was iron, butter, train oil, and salmon. The most important destinations for these goods were Lübeck and Danzig, with the remaining 10% shipped to Baltic cities, Stralsund and Rostock, Denmark, during the reign of Vasas sons Stockholm was dominating every aspect of the country. While this trade caused many Swedes to settle in the city, the trade and the capital needed to control it was largely in the hands of the king and German merchants from Lübeck and Danzig. When Eric XIV, the son of Gustav Vasa, was crowned king in 1561, the title had been made hereditary and the kingdom was now financed not by income from royal properties and privileges, but by taxes. In connection to his crowning in 1561, his taste for luxury caused the Crown to consume between two third and three quarter of the citys import, around 1560-80, most of the citizens, some 8.000 people, still lived on Stadsholmen. This central island was at this time densely settled and the city was now expanding on the surrounding ridges, wooden buildings were prohibited on the island, but as this regulation was announced at countless occasions it was apparently often ignored. There were no private palaces at this time and the larger buildings were the castle, the church. So instead, the ridges were primarily used for activities that required a lot of space, produced odours
Image from Triumph of Vasa, showing Gustav Vasa besieging Stockholm. in 1521.
Image from Triumph of Vasa, showing the king abandoning the Catholic Church.