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Dag Hammarskjöld's Farm

The former UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld tragically lost his life in a plane crash in 1961. He left behind Backåkra; an enclosed, half-timbered Skåne farm within Hagestad nature reserve.

The farm is now a refuge for those who wish to honor his memory and – to give peace a chance. Backåkra was donated to Svenska Turistföreningen (The Swedish Tourist Association). Today the house is a museum with a permanent exhibition displaying objects that Dag Hammarskjöld received and bought during his different travels as well as furniture and art from his office and apartment in New York. Every year visitors from all over the world visit Backåkra, a sign that his memory is still very much alive not only in Sweden. In commemoration of his 100 year birthday, the 29th of July 2005, an unforgettable memorial was held on the moor by the sea. There were speeches as well as concerts with Orkester Norden and African Basadi Women of Jazz. Among the guests were leaders and representatives from around the world.

The farm’s south building functions as a summer residence for members of the Swedish Academy. Hammarskjöld himself was a writer and translator and one of the 18 permanent members of the Swedish Academy. The farm also includes 30 hectares of land which Hammarskjöld particularly safeguarded. As a result a meditation place has been established in his memory, a place which is appreciated for both marriages and baptisms. The traditional midsummer celebration at Backåkra draws several thousands of visitors each year.