Swedish Naval Museum
The Baltic – Beyond the Horizon: Personal Stories from the Cold War
December 15, 2010 - March 27, 2011
The Cold War dominated world trade for almost 50 years after the end of the Second World War. This influenced not only relations between governments but also the everyday lives of the people. Sweden was in a special position during the Cold War, as the country was not affiliated to either the eastern or the western block.
However, the people were affected by the conflict. When the Cold War became more intensive at the beginning of the 1980s, Sweden and the Baltic countries found themselves increasingly in the centre of things. This became obvious in 1981, when the Soviet submarine U137 ran aground in a military protected area close to the important naval base at Karlskrona.
The 1980s in Sweden may be called a decade of contrasts. It was a time filled with insecurity but also joy. This exhibition focuses on the personal stories of Swedes from the 1980s.