Swedish inventors are behind a surprising amount of common objects used throughout the entire world, from electric refrigerators to the adjustable spanner.

List of Swedish inventions in chronological order:

  • Adjustable spanner (Johan Petter Johansson, 1892)
  • Ball bearing (Sven Wingquist, 1907)
  • Blow torch (Carl Richard Nyberg, 1881)
  • Celsius thermometer (Anders Celsius, 1742)
  • Dynamite (Alfred Nobel, 1867)
  • Milk separator (Gustaf de Laval, 1878)
  • Modern packaging (Ruben Rausing, 1950)
  • Modern refrigerator (Baltzar von Platen, 1920's)
  • Modern telecommunications (Lars Magnus Ericsson, 1876)
  • Pacemaker (Rune Elmqvist, 1952)
  • Plumber wrench (Johan Petter Johansson, 1888)
  • Portable stove (Frans Wilhelm Lindqvist, 1892)
  • Safety match (Gustaf Erik Pasch, 1844)
  • Ship propeller (John Ericsson, 1826)
  • Three-phase electric power (Jonas Wenström, 1880)
  • Tungsten (Axel Fredrik Cronstedt, 1751)
  • Zippers (Gideon Sundbäck, 1913)

The type of "water-proof paper" used in, for example, milk boxes, is a Swedish invention

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