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Sweden: Address and Telephone Directories

Telephone and address directories are used by genealogists and historians to identify people and businesses from a particular place and era. This guide lists directories from Sweden in the Library of Congress collection.

Introduction

Image of Swedish telephone books on shelf
Swedish telephone books. Library of Congress General Collections.

Most residential and general organizational telephone directories are not cataloged by the Library of Congress, even though the Library maintains a large collection of foreign and domestic directories. We have therefore compiled this list of directories from Sweden as a finding aid for our staff and researchers.

The uncataloged directories listed in this guide reflect holdings as of December 2003, although a few more recent volumes are in the Main Reading Room's reference collection. The following item from the Library's collections is particularly useful: Riks telefon katalogen (Stockholm).

The first Swedish telephone directory was published in 1880 by a private association. In 1889, Rikstelefon (Royal Telegraph Agency) published its first telephone directory for Stockholm and nearby areas. Rikstelefon changed its name to Televerket in 1953. Yellow Pages were published for the first time in 1978. The telephone monopoly was abolished in 1993, and Televerket was incorporated into Telia. In 1996, the first telephone directory was available on the internet and printed Swedish telephone directories are now a thing of the past.

In addition to the uncataloged directories listed in this guide, the Library also holds a handful that are cataloged and may be requested using the online catalog. To locate these directories, search the Library of Congress Online Catalog using subject keywords such as "Sweden" or the name of a city and "directories" or "adresskalender." In addition to telephone directories, this kind of search also yields business/address directories from Sweden.