June 30, 1921 – Sweden Becomes First European Power to Abolish Capital Punishment

On this day in history, a new law took effect in Sweden abolishing capital punishment in peace time. Capital punishment was abolished for all crimes, including those committed in time of war, on January 1, 1973.

The last person to be executed in Sweden was Johan Alfred Andersson Ander, who was sentenced to death for a murder during the course of a robbery. The execution took place at Långholmen prison in Stockholm on November 23, 1910. He was also the only person in Sweden to have been executed by the guillotine.

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