Dag Hjalmar Agne Carl Hammarskjöld.

Dag Hjalmar Agne Carl Hammarskjöld

Dag is remembered for having a role in life as a diplomat, economist, author and serving as Secretary-General of the United Nations. Born on the 29 July 1905 in Jönköping, this well-known statesman would meet his death in a plane crash on the 18 September 1961 while on route to negotiate a cease fire in Zimbabwe (then known as Rhodesia).

Dag’s father was Hjalmar Hammarskjöld who served as the Prime Minister of Sweden from 1914 to 1917. Since the 17th century, Dag’s ancestors are recorded as having had roles in the Swedish monarchy. This soon to be well respected man studied for his higher education at Katedralskolan and Uppsala University. Uppsala is the city where dag spent most of his childhood.

Through his studies at university he attained a degree in humanities, a degree in law and a doctorate in economics.

His career is one lined with high responsibility posts in matters of government. From 1935 to 1941, Dag was the secretary of the Riksbank (the central bank of Sweden). Then he became the State Secretary in the Ministry of Finance from 1936 to 1945. He held the post of Governor of the Riksbank in 1941 to 1948. He then was placed as the Swedish delegate in the OEEC (Organization for European Economic Cooperation) from 1947 to 1953. For two years from 1949 to 1951 he was known as Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and then for the next two years as minister without portfolio in Tage Erlander’s government from 1951 to 1953. It was in the year of 1953 that he would be given task and responsibility for his final post.

Dag’s election as the general secretary of the UN (United Nations) was supported by the fact that although he sat in the Swedish government, he was not aligned to any specific political party. He was a Swede and Sweden’s neutral policy during the World Wars made a Swede allies with many countries. This Swede was also known to be fluent in not only Swedish, yet also English, French and German.
This great Swede was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1961, posthumously.

Duty and spiritual maturity are stated as having been key elements of his life. This public servant had high standards and expected peak performance from his colleagues. As an intellectual he was well quipped to write his own speeches, however he tended to give speeches that were formal, rigid and monotonically (in the same tone) as he frowned on exaggerated gestures and other ways as being staged.

His high sense of responsibility and sense of work commitment seems to have left no room for any romantic relationships. There is no record of any marriage, intimate relationships and consequently children.

Photography was one of his pastimes, while participating in his many travels. This man was known to have read extensively and been involved in translations of works of literature. Dag is regarded as having an inspiring amount of self-discipline.

The cause of that fatal crash above Africa has never been solved;speculation includes human error, technical error in the plane, sabotage or some form of attack. His remains are buried in the family grave at an Uppsala old cemetery.

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