Nobelmuseet Karlskoga
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Björkborn, Alfred Nobel's country house
This house is why we have the Nobel prizes. We forget get how strange Alfred Nobel's will was to people of the time. It was the first large amount to be given solely to a charitable foundation to administer the prizes, and not to the family. Nobel lucked out by naming a young chemist, Ragnar Sohlman, as the executor of the will. Sohlman, by all accounts, was very determined. This country house was Nobel's address is Sweden, on the grounds of the Bofors munitions plant, near Karlskoga. The will was adjudicated in Karlskoga, and Swedes, with their bureaucratic punctiliousness, administered it exactly as the old man wrote it. It overlooks a small river, and sometimes you can find local boys fishing in it. The museum nearby has a vast collection of artillery manufactured at the plant. Inside the house, you can see bits of Nobel's library, his death mask, and the furnishings have largely been kept as they were in his time. A very quiet place to get away from it all. (As if Karlskoga wasn't quiet enough, but there it is.)
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