Family tree of Olof PALME

Scandinavian politician

SwedishBorn Sven Olof Joachim PALME

Swedish politician

Born on January 30, 1927 in Stockholm, Sweden

Died on February 28, 1986 in Stockholm, Sweden

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Palme was born into an upper-class, conservative family in Östermalm, Stockholm, Sweden. His father, a businessman, was of Dutch ancestry and his mother, Freiin von Knieriem, was of Baltic German origin. Palme's father died when he was six years old. Despite his upper-class background, his political orientation came to be influenced by Social Democratic attitudes. His travels in the Third World, as well as the United States, where he saw deep economic inequality and racial segregation, helped to develop these views.

A sickly child, Olof Palme received his education from private tutors. Even as a child he gained knowledge of two foreign languages. He studied at the Sigtuna School of Liberal Arts, one of Sweden's few residential high schools, and passed the university entrance examination with high marks at the early age of 17. He did his military service at K 3 and became a reserve officer with the rank of ryttmästare or captain. After his military service he enrolled at the University of Stockholm.


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