Klas Pontus Arnoldson
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.
- 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
- Information from the Nobel Foundation on the 1908 award ceremony for Klas Pontus Arnoldson
- Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society
|SURNAME||Arnoldson, Klas Pontus|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Swedish journalist, politician, member of the Riksdag and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate|
|DATE OF BIRTH||October 27, 1844|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Gothenburg|
|DATE OF DEATH||February 20, 1916|
|Place of death||Stockholm|