Baron Johan August Gripenstedt

Gripenstedt, Johan August, Friherre. Article #38. Vol 5, pg 505.

Baron (Friherre) Johan August Gripenstedt (1813-1874) was a Swedish politician who served as Minister of Finance for ten years (1856-1866) and Member of Parliament for six years (1867-1873).

0038-GripenstedtJohanGripenstedt was a big proponent of free trade.  He orchestrated trade agreements with France, Germany and Prussia, which led in turn to reduced customs for imported goods. He rounded out his list of good deeds in 1863 by convincing King Charles not to get involved in Denmark’s war with Prussia. While Denmark probably didn’t appreciate Sweden’s neutrality, staying out of the war did help the Swedish economy.

Coincidentally, refusing to ally with Denmark also put an end to the political Pan-Scandinavian movement, which was working to turn Denmark, Norway and Sweden into a single country. So we can thank Gripenstedt for being able to visit three different countries today, rather than just heading for “Norswemark”.  (Denwayden)?

“Gripenstedt, Johan August, Friherre.” Encyclopedia Britannica. 15th ed. 2010. Vol 5, pg 505.

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