Klas Pontus Arnoldson

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Klas Pontus Arnoldson
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Klas Pontus Arnoldson (born October 27, 1844 in Gothenburg , † February 20, 1916 in Stockholm ) was a Swedish journalist , politician and Nobel Peace Prize winner .


Born in Gothenburg as the son of a caretaker, Arnoldson came from a rather humble background. After his father's death in 1861, he was forced to drop out of school and begin training. Until 1871 he worked as an office clerk for a railway company, then until 1881 as a station master.

During this time he continued his studies autodidactically . He dealt with history, religion and philosophy and observed current political events. He published his ideas on religion, politics and pacifism in various newspapers and magazines ( Nordiska Dagbladet , Sanningssökaren ), but also in books and political pamphlets .

After his election to the Swedish Reichstag in 1882, to which he was a member until 1887, he campaigned for expanded voting rights , religious freedom , disarmament and the political neutrality of Sweden.

In 1883 he became a co-founder and first chairman of the Svenska freds- och skiljedomsföreningen ("Swedish Peace and Arbitration Association"), which was founded in response to the Swedish government's armament plans . From 1890 he helped to prepare a negotiated solution to the conflict between the two united states by speaking at meetings all over Sweden and Norway . With the amicable dissolution of the Union in 1905 and the subsequent independence of Norway, a peaceful solution to the conflict was achieved.

In 1908 Arnoldson and Fredrik Bajer received the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict between Sweden and Norway.


  • Är världsfred möjlig ?: En historisk framställning af sträfvandena för lay och rätt mellan folken . Fröléen, Stockholm 1890.
  • Pax Mundi , in Norwegian ( Lov - ikke krig , 1890), English ( Pax Mundi , 1891) and German ( Pax Mundi , 1896, with a preface by Bertha von Suttner )
  • Seklernas hopp: En bok om världfreden . Wilhelmsson, Stockholm 1900, also in English, French, Norwegian and German

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