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Alfred Nobel’s Grave

Norra Begravningsplatsen (Northern Cemetery) is one of Stockholm’s oldest and most prestigious graveyards. Inaugurated in 1827, the cemetery is the final resting place of several Swedish nobles and other well-known citizens. From politicians to writers, to the famous chemist, inventor, and businessman Alfred Nobel. 

Upon his death in 1896, Nobel used much of his fortune to create a foundation that give out annual awards for achievements in science, literature, and peace. Today the Nobel Prizes are known around the world, but the origins of the fortune that endowed them is not as famous. As an engineer and chemist, Nobel took a particular interest in explosives. He invented dynamite in 1867—the explosive was widely used in mining and development projects, and with its usage came wealth and status for Nobel. In the years that followed, he continued to develop explosives and invested heavily in weapons manufacturing.

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