Let your curiosity lead the way
Hammarskjöld Inversio is a network bureau available for those who are inspired by Dag Hammarskjöld. We are aiming to make his legacy available to everyone, especially young people mainly by spreading his philosophy and deeds through collaborations, events, exhibitions, publications, and lectures.
Our task is primarily to inspire and engage the new generation to commit to Dag's mission and incorporate his set of values into modern times.
"You can only hope for permanent solutions in a contact where you see others from the outside perspective, but still see their difficulties from within"
- Dag Hammarskjöld
Swedish statesman Dag Hammarskjöld served as secretary-general of the United Nations for eight years, from 1953 until his death on September 18, 1961.
A statesman and son of the former prime minister of Sweden, Dag Hammarskjöld was born in Jönköping, Sweden, on July 29, 1905. With a doctorate in economics, Hammarskjöld served 31 years in Swedish national affairs and international relations. On April 7, 1953, he was appointed the second Secretary-General of the United Nations. He was killed in a controversial plane crash on September 18, 1961.
About Caroline Hammarskjöld
Caroline Hammarskjöld is the founder and Director of Hammarskjöld Inversio. Her grandfather Sten, was Dag's brother and her mother Marlene is his God daughter.
She spreads knowledge of Dag's leadership, courage and integrity through exhibitions, lectures and publications.
Caroline has an entrepreneurial spirit with great interest in humanism, cultures, languages and international problem solving. She is educated in the field of Humanities, Intercultural studies, Religion, Philosophy, and Anthropology, and for years she has worked for global companies as a Producer, Event Organizer, and Marketing Coordinator.
Her commitment to her heritage is genuine and strong. She participates in many events concerning Dag's memory and communicates his life's calling. She provides a link to future generations to enable the completion of his mission.
Caroline currently lives in Sigtuna Sweden with her two sons, but she has previously lived in Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Paris and considers herself a world citizen.
"We have so much to learn from Dag's experience and his view on life. His work is not done and we have the responsibility to continuously work according to his values for conflict resolution and human rights. His work has to be more accessible for the youth to carry out his mission. Hammarskjöld Inversio provides a common platform for inspiration and exchange to complete Dag Hammarskjöld's undertaking”- Caroline Hammarskjöld
During 2015-2016 Caroline collaborated with the publishing company Max Ström and the author Henrik Berggren to contribute with new photos for the book "Dag Hammarskjöld-Markings of his life" (Att Bära Världen), which was published in the fall of 2016.
As part of the operations committee of the Dag Hammarskjöld Backåkra Foundation, Caroline helped prepare for the reopening of Dag Hammarskjöld's Backåkra. It opened to the public in the spring of 2018 and operates as a museum and conference center in the spirit och Dag Hammarskjöld- A place for reflection and connection.
In 2017 the Dag Hammarskjöld collections at the National Library in Stockholm, Sweden was announced "world memory" by UNESCO and Caroline attended the UNESCO World memory inauguration of the Dag Hammarskjöld Collections at the National Library in Stockholm in spring 2018.
Dag's poetry book "Markings" ("Vägmärken") is something that Caroline manages together with her mother Marlene to ensure the book is accessible and available for purchase in a variety of languages. For more information about this book; visit Bonnier Rights
Caroline also provides lectures about Dag, from a personal perspective, both internationally and in Sweden.
Besides her work involving her heritage, Caroline is also a diligent photographer. Her whole life she's been inspired by the many aspects of life. Her photo art primarily captures the present moment and the reality as you see it. Caroline can be booked for events and special occasions. Enlargements of her images are available for purchase on this website and you can follow her on instagram to see her latest updates @photographybycarolineh
Jan Eliasson, Former UN Deputy Secretary-General
"Caroline's efforts to make Dag Hammarskjöld's values and life’s mission more accessible to young people is extremely important. She has a responsibility to reach out with his message to engage people and organizations in order to inspire their continuous work to create a more peaceful world.
Caroline not only represents the Hammarskjöld family, she also manages Dag's legacy by sharing the true image of her Great Uncle, an incredibly unique and brave human being whose life and work is still so inspiring to many. We should follow Dag’s example by believing in the good, care for the word, hold integrity, dare to show spirituality, exercise leadership from the core of our values, and act with determination.
By reconciling culture with a message in a constant mission to find balance, Dag took on the duty to speak for the world and serve man. His honesty and his principles still resonate and we should follow his example and learn from his legacy.
I fully support Caroline in her mission to make Dag’s message more accessible to everyone."