1867 - The Riksbank is renamed

Sign outside the Broby office, Sveriges Riksbank

When the Riksdag of the Estates was abolished in 1866, the Riksbank could no longer be called the Bank of the Estates of the Realm. Its new name was Sveriges Riksbank.

The first suggestion, proposed by the bank director André Oscar Wallenberg, was that the bank should change name to Sveriges Bank. But Wallenberg’s suggestion was met with opposition. The argument was that there would be a risk of misunderstandings, as there were so many different banks in Sweden. Consequently, the new name should be Sveriges Riksbank. The Riksdag agreed, but the decision was adopted by a slim margin: 147 voted in favour, 135 against.