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In the line of fire

The importance of electricity for social development long overshadowed the disadvantages of development of hydroelectric power. But times changed, and Vattenfall's activities came under fire. The company has been the target due to the impact on the environment, protests against nuclear power expansion and the climate impact.

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The agreement between Vattenfall and the conservation movement in 1961– Freden i Sarek (Peace in Sarek) – was not the end to conflict over river development. It had only just begun. Over ten years, the tone against Vattenfall sharpened radically, and the issue was finally given a political solution.

The development of hydropower was not a golden age for everyone. Many people had to pay a high price during the 1940s and 1950s, when the Norrland power was exploited, including the Sami.

The nuclear power issue has been marked by political differences, both between and within parties. It has also seen many decisions and commitments that were later overturned. This involved a great deal of uncertainty and insecurity for power producers like Vattenfall.

The greenhouse effect was noted by Vattenfall early on. But for 20 years it was partly overshadowed by other environmental problems that were regarded as more pressing – but which have now been solved. The climate change issue became topical again in the 1990s, and still is high on Vattenfall's agenda.

In connection with the construction of the Hojum power station in the 1940s, Vattenfall and the national antiquarian entered into a unique and long-standing partnership, which included saving the unique petroglyphs at Nämforsen.

The beginning of the 1920s was a turbulent time for Vattenfall. It was accused of wasting taxpayers' money, of conning farmers and paying too much for water rights. In the media, Vattenfall was referred to as 'the rotten egg among communications utilities'.

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The Kalix river
The Kalix river

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Suorva dam
Suorva dam

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A referendum on the future of nuclear power
A referendum on the future of nuclear power

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Nämforsen power plant
Nämforsen power plant

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Carbon capture and storage (CCS)
Carbon capture and storage (CCS)

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Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid
Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid

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Rock carvings at Nämforsen
Rock carvings at Nämforsen

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Midskog power plant
Midskog power plant

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