Electricity only began to have a real impact on people's lives towards the end of the 1800s. First in the form of lighting such as street lights and basic lamps, which made the workday simpler for workers in sawmills, forges and other industries. In 1884 Sweden attained its first power station. It supplied power to about 1,000 light bulbs in central Gothenburg.
Sweden's first proper electrical grid was built in 1893, between Hellsjön and Grängesberg. Development moved swiftly from this point. At the beginning of the 1900s, an increasing number of industries began using electrical power, and the first electric tram was put into operation in Stockholm in 1901.
Electricity created a sense of security and safety among city dwellers. Lamps illuminated areas that were previously dark, and when electricity made its way into people's homes during the 1930s and 1940s, this started something akin to a revolution. Electricity paved the way for running water, water heating, and flushing toilets. New devices simplified daily life for people and also changed their working lives, owing to heavy manual labour being supplanted by machinery and the creation of new types of jobs. Just like today, electricity has served as a facilitator historically. It has granted people freedom and has made life simpler.
Connecting the Electricity Grids
In 1952, the electricity grids were connected together and formed what we refer to today as the national electrical grid of Sweden. And some of the original parts of the electrical grid are still in operation - even to this day. If you take a close look at electricity poles, you will be able to see the year-mark. Even though it is rather uncommon, there are poles that have stood in the same place since the 1940s. The electrical grid we are establishing at present is thought to last for 40-50 years.