How much do you really know about Dag Hammarskjöld?

With the recent release of a new biography on the late Secretary-General, take this quiz and find out if already know it all.


Test your knowledge in this quiz about Dag Hammarskjöld and his life

1. Where was Dag Hammarskjöld born?
2. How many siblings did Dag Hammarskjöld have?
3. What nickname was given to Dag Hammarskjöld’s father during his time as Swedish prime minister during the First World War?
4. What was the focus of Dag Hammarskjöld’s Bachelor Degree?
5. When Dag Hammarskjöld signed copies of his doctoral thesis in economics he quoted which of Lewis Carroll’s characters?
6. What position was Dag Hammarskjöld appointed in the Swedish government at 30 years of age?
7. How old was Dag Hammarskjöld when he finally moved out of his parental home and into his own bachelor flat?
8. During the Second World War in 1943 Dag Hammarskjöld was dispatched to London to participate in discussions on what?
9. What activity did Dag Hammarskjöld particularly seek out on his days off work?
10. How long did Dag Hammarskjöld know he was a candidate for UN Secretary-General before he was offered the post?
11. What entity did Dag Hammarskjöld manage to eject from UN Headquarters in New York soon after he took up his post?
12. With whom did Dag Hammarskjöld engage in a week-long negotiation in 1955 that eventually lead to the release of a group of US Airmen?
13. What space in the UN Headquarters’ did Dag Hammarskjöld take a strong personal interest in renovating?
14. What unexpected inheritance did Dag Hammarskjöld receive in 1954 some six months after his father Hjalmar’s death?
15. What UN entity did Dag Hammarskjöld help form as a result of the Suez Crisis of 1956?
16. What country requested support from Dag Hammarskjöld and the UN in the summer of 1960 to expel its colonial ruler?
17. Dag Hammarskjöld delivered one of his most famous speeches in Oxford on 30 May 1961. On what topic did he speak?
18. In another famous speech Hammarskjöld addressed the General Assembly in October 1960, declaring that “I shall remain in my post…” after a country had asked for his resignation - which big power did so?
19. What was the name of the plane that crashed with Dag Hammarskjöld on board?
20. Where was Dag Hammarskjöld’s journal which became his posthumanous publication Markings found?