The Swedish Heritage ". . . the private man should disappear."
In Stockholm's Old City, where the cobbled streets are carriage width and houses and taverns date back to the time when the history of Sweden was also the history of Europe, the Swedish Academy has its lodgings in an eighteenth-century palace. Here the Eighteen gather for their weekly discussions, retiring afterwards to Den Gyldene Freden for supper. The hostelry's name commemorates "the golden peace" that settled on the land after Sweden's career as a great power came to an end following the defeats suffered by Charles XII.
In the Academy's palace takes place also the annual meeting where, with the royal family and government in attendance and the Eighteen seated in the blue and golden armchairs which date back to the Academy's founding, the Nobel prize for literature is awarded.
It is December 20, 1954. Dag Hammarskjold is in Stockholm to confer with the Chinese Ambassador about his coming trip