When Skogskyrkogården was founded at the beginning of the 1900s, the aim was to create something special, something original - a cemetery blending nature and architecture into a seamless whole.
Today, Skogskyrkogården is considered one of the most important creations of modern architecture, and is even inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List.
- a unique cemetery and a world heritage site
Skogskyrkogården's history begins at the beginning of the 1900s, when it became apparent that Stockholm's cemeteries were insufficient and needed complementing. Stockholm City Council decided to build a new cemetery south of the existing Southern Cemetery, in modern-day Enskede.
At the time, cemeteries were generally considered "Gardens of the Dead", with grandiose parks, tree-lined avenues and impressive headstones raising a kind of memento to the dead. The city's cemetery committee had a desire to move away from this ideal and to instead create a cemetery centred on the underlying landscape.
We invite you to read more about our unique cemetary and heritage site in this section of our website.