The building

Sveriges Riksbank was established in 1668 and thus dates back to Sweden’s period as a great power. After a number of years at Storkyrkobrinken, where it was located in a palace built by Axel Oxenstierna, the Riksbank was for the first time given its own building in 1680. This building, which still stands at Järntorget, was designed by Tessin the Elder. It is watched over today by K.G. Beijemark’s sculpture of Evert Taube. The poet Carl Michael Bellman worked in the building in the mid 18th century.

 

In 1907, the Riksbank moved next door to the Riksdag building in a newly constructed area on Helgeandsholmen, where the Riksdag today holds its plenary sessions. But following the reform to a unicameral system of parliament, the Riksdag required more space and the Riksbank had to move once again. Finally, on 8 April 1976, the Riksbank moved to its now well-known home in the big, black granite building at Brunkebergstorg.

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Film about the Riksbank building

There is a lot of interest in the Riksbank building, both in Sweden and internationally. For this reason the Riksbank has produced a film about the architecture and history of the building.

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