Despite its location and climate, Sweden has been a great accumulator of tech innovations for quite some time. And, particularly from a neighboring Finnish perspective, Sweden has a long-standing presence as an industrial market, which benefited considerably from escaping the crippling horrors of WWII and a gradual post-war rebuild.
In this sense, it’s not at all shocking that the biggest Scandinavian country nurtured critical technological inventions, since at least the days of Enlightenment. Without further ado, let’s take a look at a few of them.
1. Celsius’ temperature scale
In 1742, astronomer Anders Celsius presented an early version of the Celsius scale, only with the inverted values: 0 representing the boiling point and 100 freezing. At a time when the basics of physics were hardly understood, Celsius pointed out that the freezing point of water didn’t change with atmospheric pressure, like the boiling point.
Formerly referred to as centigrade, after Latin, the scale was renamed after its inventor in 1948.