Group Room The Viking Foundation

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Axel Wenner-Gren’s great confidence was widely recognized. Since achieving great success already as a teenager, Axel believed that he could do just about anything. By all certainty, that is why he tried to mediate peace through tactless meetings with prime ministers and presidents of the time, which eventually led to his disgraceful and devastating blacklisting during World War II.


To save some of the money in the American division of Electrolux from being confiscated, Axel founded The Viking Foundation. The former movie director from Hungary, Paul Fejos, was appointed president of the foundation, which was created to support anthropological research. Paul and Axel became very close friends, and the Hungarian nurtured Mr Wenner-Gren’s interest in research and science. Axel had found his new calling and from this point onwards, more and more of his time – and money – was spent on the progress of research. Since he didn’t have children, one might also suspect that this was Axel’s way of leaving something for the world after he was gone. On the other hand, Axel was a vain man who wanted to become more famous than Nobel. In 1961, shortly after Axel’s death, Professor Hugo Theorell described Axel as a great man with a great idea: “In brief the idea was that scientific methods should be applied to all forms of human life and activities to provide all human beings on earth with a happier life.” Only a couple of months later, the Wenner-Gren Centre, a tower and building complex in Stockholm, was inaugurated by King Gustav VI Adolf. Festivities were held on the 24th floor of the high-rise building, and guests included the Queen, Axel’s wife Marguerite, and many foremost scientists of the time.


“I believe that it can be said, without exaggeration, that the interest for research in its every shape and form has been a passion for Dr.Axel Wenner-Gren,” the King said in his speech about the man whose presence could be felt by those gathered. The foundation continues to contribute significant funding for research to this day.

Size 11 sqm
Length/width 3.4 x 3.3 m
Ceiling 2.9 m
Floor Hardwood
VIew Apple Orchard
Group room 6 people
Yoga mats 5
Technical Information
WiFi Fiber
Projector No
Screen No
TV 42"
Whiteboard Yes
Flipchart Yes
Conference phone Yes
Black out blinds Yes
Pads & pens Yes
Printer/Scanner At the reception